THE NINE YEAR OLD BROTHER OF MOHAMMED HAD EARLIER BEEN TARGETTED FOR KIDNAPPING

 

MOTHER SAID IT WAS SETTLERS

BUT FATHER SAID IT WAS ARABS

The important website Israel national News is critical of the way that the Mayor of Jerusalem, Livni, Peres, even Netanyahu were presuming that the murder of the Palestinian youth was a “revenge killing”, while the Israeli pólice investigation was issuing reports, even warnings, not to jump to any conclusions and that the murder was still under investigation:

(begin report here)

Yet as early as Wednesday morning Israeli police issued a statement urging people to refrain from drawing hasty conclusions, saying they were exploring all possible leads, including both “nationalistic” and “criminal” motives for the crime.

Apparently in vain, a statement by police insisted: “The circumstances of the event have not yet been established. All directions of investigation are being looked into. Please exhibit responsibility and wait for official results and announcements by the Jerusalem District Spokesman.”

And the above footage – if genuine – casts yet more doubt on the theory that Mohammed was targeted at random by Jewish extremists.

We already know that Mohammed was abducted and bundled into a car by unknown assailants – although initial reports suggested the car was black, as opposed to the light-colored vehicle seen in the video above. And it is clear that the figure said to be Mohammed does not go willingly – matching testimony that he was forced into the vehicle.

But that the men are wandering the streets of an Arab neighborhood late at night, and strike up a conversation with the teen before a waiting car pulls over to pick up the victim, raises the possibility that Mohammed was targeted specifically for one reason or another, as opposed to being randomly picked by Jewish vigilantes.

Such a scenario would fit in with suggestions offered by Moshe Nussbaum, a leading Israeli journalist and police affairs expert who raised questions over the background to the killings.

As reported earlier Thursday by Arutz Sheva, in an interview with Channel 2 Nussbaum noted that not long before Mohammed’s abduction, his parents had reported to police that his younger brother had been the victim of an attempted kidnapping himself.

Bizarrely, while the boy’s mother had told police that “settlers” (who for some reason she was unable to describe further) had attempted the abduction of her nine-year-old boy, his father had insisted that the would-be kidnappers were Arabs.

When police asked the father to file a formal complaint, he said he would, but that he would come down to the police station later on to do so in order to be able to comfort his son first. Yet the father never showed up, despite police contacting him several times subsequently to ask him to file the complaint.

The questions are numerous. Why were two boys from the same family targeted within a short time of one another? Was it a coincidence, or was the family embroiled in a wider familial or criminal dispute which would lead to two of its members being specifically targeted? Were the attackers in the first incident Jewish, or Arab – and why the discrepancy? Why didn’t Mohammed’s father follow up with a complaint?

One former police official who spoke to Arutz Sheva on condition of anonymity Wednesday claimed the Abu-Khder family is well known to police sources in Jerusalem, adding “it’s a problematic family with internal clashes that have been ongoing for many years.”

He asserted that he was “confident that as time passes it will be clarified that the murder was criminal and nothing more.”

But with a gag order still in place over the progress of the investigation it is impossible to say with any certainty whether the murder of Mohammed Abu-Khder was a revenge killing, or something else entirely.

What is clear however, is that in the rush to label the murder as a “revenge” attack, some nagging questions have been left unanswered.

 

 

Yet as early as Wednesday morning Israeli police issued a statement urging people to refrain from drawing hasty conclusions, saying they were exploring all possible leads, including both “nationalistic” and “criminal” motives for the crime.

Apparently in vain, a statement by police insisted: “The circumstances of the event have not yet been established. All directions of investigation are being looked into. Please exhibit responsibility and wait for official results and announcements by the Jerusalem District Spokesman.”

And the above footage – if genuine – casts yet more doubt on the theory that Mohammed was targeted at random by Jewish extremists.

We already know that Mohammed was abducted and bundled into a car by unknown assailants – although initial reports suggested the car was black, as opposed to the light-colored vehicle seen in the video above. And it is clear that the figure said to be Mohammed does not go willingly – matching testimony that he was forced into the vehicle.

But that the men are wandering the streets of an Arab neighborhood late at night, and strike up a conversation with the teen before a waiting car pulls over to pick up the victim, raises the possibility that Mohammed was targeted specifically for one reason or another, as opposed to being randomly picked by Jewish vigilantes.

Such a scenario would fit in with suggestions offered by Moshe Nussbaum, a leading Israeli journalist and police affairs expert who raised questions over the background to the killings.

As reported earlier Thursday by Arutz Sheva, in an interview with Channel 2 Nussbaum noted that not long before Mohammed’s abduction, his parents had reported to police that his younger brother had been the victim of an attempted kidnapping himself.

Bizarrely, while the boy’s mother had told police that “settlers” (who for some reason she was unable to describe further) had attempted the abduction of her nine-year-old boy, his father had insisted that the would-be kidnappers were Arabs.

When police asked the father to file a formal complaint, he said he would, but that he would come down to the police station later on to do so in order to be able to comfort his son first. Yet the father never showed up, despite police contacting him several times subsequently to ask him to file the complaint.

The questions are numerous. Why were two boys from the same family targeted within a short time of one another? Was it a coincidence, or was the family embroiled in a wider familial or criminal dispute which would lead to two of its members being specifically targeted? Were the attackers in the first incident Jewish, or Arab – and why the discrepancy? Why didn’t Mohammed’s father follow up with a complaint?

One former police official who spoke to Arutz Sheva on condition of anonymity Wednesday claimed the Abu-Khder family is well known to police sources in Jerusalem, adding “it’s a problematic family with internal clashes that have been ongoing for many years.”

He asserted that he was “confident that as time passes it will be clarified that the murder was criminal and nothing more.”

But with a gag order still in place over the progress of the investigation it is impossible to say with any certainty whether the murder of Mohammed Abu-Khder was a revenge killing, or something else entirely.

What is clear however, is that in the rush to label the murder as a “revenge” attack, some nagging questions have been left unanswered.

 

Arutz Sheva

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/182494#.U7ZF5UmbtUE

 

 

 

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