Tariq Khdeir stands in front of a banner depicting his
cousin Mohammed Abu Khudeir at the family's home in Shuafat
in Jerusalem. An Israeli judge has released from jail and
placed under house arrest Tariq Khdeir, the 15-year-old
American of Palestinian descent whose apparent beating by
Israeli police in East Jerusalem has drawn US concern.
Israel has arrested six Jewish suspects in the abduction
and killing of a Palestinian teenager whose death sparked
violent protests in Jerusalem and Israeli Arab towns, a
security source says.
With tensions high along the Gaza border, Israel said its
aircraft attacked 10 sites in the Palestinian enclave in
response to persistent rocket strikes on southern Israeli
But Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signalled that broader
Israeli action was not imminent.
The burning-alive of 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khudair, and
the earlier murders of three kidnapped Israeli teenagers,
have driven relations between Palestinians and Israelis to
their lowest point since U.S.-backed peace talks broke down
The security source gave no details about the suspects
arrested in the investigation into the abduction and killing
of Abu Khudair, other than to say they were Jewish and that
police saw "nationalist motives" in the case.
Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said a gag order had been
imposed on most details of the case, commenting only that
police had arrested a number of Jewish people suspected of
carrying out the killing.
Israel's Shin Bet security agency said the suspects were
being questioned at one of its installations.
Despite the gag order, Israeli media said a court had ordered
the suspects remanded into custody for eight days. Police
declined to comment. Israel's Channel 2 television said the
suspects were far-right extremists, among them minors, from
the Jerusalem area and a nearby Jewish settlement.
Abu Khudair's burnt body was discovered in a Jerusalem forest
on Wednesday. Palestinians believe he was the victim of
far-right Jews avenging the kidnap-killing of the three
Israeli teenagers who disappeared while hitchhiking in the
occupied West Bank on June 12, and whose bodies were found
Israel blames the deaths of Naftali Fraenkel and Gil-Ad
Shaer, both 16, and 19-year-old Eyal Yifrah, on the
Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas. The Gaza flare-up began
in mid-June during Israel's search for the teenagers in the
West Bank, when it arrested some Hamas members.
Hamas has neither confirmed nor denied involvement in the
killings of the Israelis.
Netanyahu, speaking at a visit to the Fraenkel family,
demanded Palestinian leaders do everything to find the
killers of the young Israelis.
He said the Palestinian self-rule government in the West Bank
was "obliged to do everything in its powers to find them ...
just as our security forces located the suspects in the
murder of Mohammed Abu Khudair within a matter of days."
An autopsy attended by a Palestinian pathologist showed soot
in the teenager's lungs, indicating he was still alive when
he was set on fire, the Palestinian attorney general said.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said he sent a message to
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urging the
formation of an international investigation committee into
"terror crimes conducted against our people, including the
burning alive of Mohammed Abu Khudair."
Netanyahu said Abu Khudair's killers would face "the full
weight of the law," adding that in Israeli society "there is
no place for such murderers."
"We won't let extremists on either side set the area on fire
and lead to bloodshed," Netanyahu said, while also condemning
violent protests by some Israeli Arabs in northern Israel.
Dozens of protesters threw stones at passing cars for a third
day in Israel's Galilee region, where a majority of Israel's
Arab citizens live, this time targeting a highway in the
Haifa area where a fatal accident was reported, police said.
In remarks to his cabinet earlier on Sunday, Netanyahu
pledged "to do whatever is necessary" to restore quiet to
southern Israeli communities that have come under rocket
attack from the Gaza Strip, where Hamas is the dominant
He cautioned against any rush toward wider confrontation with
the group, whose arsenal includes long-range rockets that can
reach Israel's heartland and its business capital, Tel Aviv.
The Israeli military said more than 20 rockets fired from
Gaza struck inside in Israel on Sunday. There were no
"Experience has shown that during moments like these, one
must act in a level-headed and responsible manner and not
hastily," Netanyahu told his cabinet, in broadcast remarks.
Israel beefed up ground forces along the Gaza frontier on
Thursday, a deployment seen as sending a message to
Palestinian militants that an invasion was an option if
rocket fire did not stop.
Palestinian-American Tariq Khdeir, 15, a cousin of the slain
Palestinian teenager, was arrested by Israeli border
policemen, who his family said beat him severely, during a
protest on Thursday in East Jerusalem.
An Israeli court on Sunday ordered Khdeir released from jail
and placed under house arrest for nine days. His mother said
the family planned to return to Tampa, Florida on July 16.
The United States has called for an investigation, and
Israel's Justice Ministry said the police internal affairs
office was looking into the incident.