Netanyahu calls Arab teen’s death ‘despicable murder’

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to Hundreds of Palestinians clashed with police on Wednesday after the dead body of an Arab teen was discovered in Jerusalem. Unconfirmed suspicions arose that the missing boy, Muhammad Hussein Abu Khdeir, was killed by Israelis avenging the murder of the three abducted Jewish teens.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, pictured, warned citizens against taking the law into their own hands on both sides in the wake of the death of a Palestinian youth, suspected to have been killed in revenge for the murder of the three Israeli teens. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said police received reports Wednesday about a separate incident in which a Palestinian teen was forced into a car in the Shuafat refugee camp in eastern 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.

As the riots raged, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged both sides not to "take the law into their own hands."

"Israel is [a] state of law, everyone needs to conduct themselves according to law," Netanyahu said in a statement, urging all parties involved in the investigation of the incident to "uncover quickly who is behind this despicable murder and what motivated it."

The Palestinian rioters also hurled rocks and other objects at security forces in the Beit Hanina neighborhood of Jerusalem. One person was hurt. Rosenfeld said the Arab death may have been a revenge killing, but that the motive could have also been different.

Posted on July 2, 2014 .