Palestinian Body Found in Jerusalem Forest, After Teen Reported Missing

Body found with signs of trauma; father of missing teenager called in to identify body.

Nir Hasson
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Police evacuate an Arab man from a Jewish mob. Jerusalem, July 1, 2014.Credit: Olivier Fitoussi
Nir Hasson
Nir Hasson

Police found a body in a forest west of Jerusalem, early on Wednesday morning. A large police force is present on the scene.

Earlier the Jerusalem Police received a report that a man was forced onto a vehicle near the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Hanina.

A missing persons report was also filed. The link between the incidents has not yet been corroborated but the father of the missing child was taken by the police to identify the body.

The police are blocking the entrances to Beit Hanina and stopped the light rail to that part of the city. Hundreds assembled by the home of the missing Palestinian teenager. The family of the Palestinian teen is vehemently denying the rumors that he was kidnapped by Palestinians due to a feud between families, claiming that they aren't involved in a feud.

The police are blocking the entrances to Beit Hanina and stopped the light rail to that part of the city. Hundreds assembled by the home of the missing Palestinian teenager. The family of the Palestinian teen is vehemently denying the rumors that he was kidnapped by Palestinians due to a feud between families, claiming that they aren't involved in a feud.

"It started yesterday. A seven-year-old child was nearly snatched from his mother on the road. They were in a black car, a Honda Civic, and tried to kidnap her son. All the people who were on the road saw the situation and ran after them after they tried to choke he boy. She is in the hospital now," the cousin of the missing Palestinian told Army Radio Wednesday morning. "Today they kidnapped a boy, my cousin, he is 15-years-old, from near his home. Two cars from the village went in pursuit but could catch up with them."

The cousin added that the police was still at the missing boy's home. "They saw everything in the footage taken by CCTV cameras and identified that the same car that tried to kidnap the child from his mother was also here last night. The police knew this yesterday. Complaints were filed regarding this car yesterday and today. They didn't do a thing. Today the same car kidnapped the boy and escaped."

Palestinian media is reporting that the Palestinian teenager was kidnapped by Israeli Jews and murdered in retribution for the kidnapping and murder of the three Israeli teenagers, whose bodies were discovered Monday night.

The Palestinian claims are uncorroborated, still mobs of Israeli extremists protested in Jerusalem on Tuesday calling for revenge for the murder of the Israeli teens. Five Palestinians were attacked, and two of them needed medical treatment. The extremists were engaged in violent confrontations with police in the capital's center for several hours.

The police arrested 50 people suspected of involvement in the incidents. Public transportation in the center of town was disrupted for hours, and hundreds of youths ran through the downtown city streets yelling racist slogans and calling for revenge against Arabs.

Housing and Construction Minister Uri Ariel issued a statement on the murder saying that the murder was "A despicable and shocking act. I call on the police to not spare any resources to get to the murderers as fast as possible and bring them to justice.

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