The family of one of three Israeli teenagers murdered in the West Bank condemned Wednesday the kidnap and killing, in apparent revenge, of a Palestinian youth in east Jerusalem.
“There is no difference between Arab blood and Jewish blood. Murder is murder. There is no forgiveness or justification for any murder,” said the family of Naftali Frenkel, 16, who was kidnapped and killed in the southern West Bank in June.
“If the Arab youth was murdered because of nationalistic motives then this is a horrible and horrendous act,” a statement added.
Frenkel’s body was found Monday alongside those of Eyal Yifrach, 19, and Gilad Shaer, 16, who disappeared together from a hitchhiking spot near the city of Hebron.
The hunt for the teens and their murder, which Israel has blamed on Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas, gripped the Israeli public, triggering an outpouring of grief and anger.
The kidnap and killing early Wednesday of the Palestinian teen in annexed east Jerusalem sparked angry clashes between stone-throwing Palestinians and riot police.
Relatives named the missing boy as 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khder from Shuafat neighbourhood, which is next door to Beit Hanina.
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned the murder, and Jerusalem’s mayor Nir Barkat called for calm in the Holy City.