'Do not take the law into your own hands,' warns Netanyahu
Riots erupt in east Jerusalem after police find body of Arab boy • Police have not yet determined whether killing was an act of revenge for the kidnapping and murder of three Jewish teens three weeks ago • Abbas blames Israel, urges PM to condemn murder.
Israel Hayom Staff
Rioters hurl rocks at police in east Jerusalem
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Hundreds of Palestinians clashed with police on Wednesday after the body of an Arab teen was discovered in Jerusalem.
The discovery of the body in a Jerusalem forest raised suspicions that a missing Palestinian youth had been killed by Israelis avenging the deaths of three abducted Jewish teens.
Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld says police received reports Wednesday that an Arab teen was forced into a car in the Shuafat refugee camp in east Jerusalem. A charred body was later found but police have not yet established whether the two incidents are related.
While police were investigating all possible avenues, rioters set a light rail station on fire and hurled homemade explosives at police officers. One of the makeshift bombs exploded but no one was hurt.
The rioters also hurled rocks and other objects at security forces at the Beit Hanina neighborhood of Jerusalem. One person was hurt.
Rosenfeld said the death may have been a revenge killing, but that the motive could also have been criminal.
As riots raged, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged both sides not to "take the law into their own hands."
"Israel is state of law, everyone needs to conduct themselves according to law," Netanyahu said in a statement, urging all the parties involved in the investigation of the incident to "uncover quickly who is behind this despicable murder and what motivated it."
The family of Naftali Frenkel, one of the three Jewish teens who were kidnapped and murdered by Palestinians three weeks ago, remarked on the latest development, with one of his relatives saying, "We don't know exactly what happened last night in east Jerusalem. The incident is under police investigation. But if a young Arab man was murdered for nationalistic reasons then it is a horrifying and disgusting act."
"There is no distinguishing blood from blood. Murder is murder, whatever the nationality or age may be. There is no justification, no forgiveness and no atonement for any murder," he said.
Meanwhile, a spokesman for Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas accused Israel of being "responsible for the kidnapping and the murder."
Abbas' office condemned the murder of the Arab boy and Abbas himself called on Netanyahu to issue a similar condemnation, saying "just like we condemned the kidnapping and murder of the three settlers [sic]."
"Israel needs to take real steps to combat settler attacks and the chaos resulting from Israeli escalation," Abbas added.