Pales­tinian teen’s name erased from Is­rael me­mo­rial wall

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The name of a Pales­tinian teen burned alive by his Jewish kid­nap­pers has been re­moved from a me­mo­rial to vic­tims of ter­ror at­tacks, an Is­raeli of­fi­cial said Wed­nes­day, af­ter fam­ily ob­jec­tions.

Haim Pi­toussi, spokesman of the Na­tional In­sur­ance In­sti­tute which ad­min­is­ters the me­mo­rial wall in Jerusalem’s Mount Herzl na­tional ceme­tery, con­firmed that the name of Mo­hammed Abu Khder, 16, had been erased.

Speak­ing to AFP on Tues­day af­ter the in­scrip­tion, his fa­ther, Hus­sein Abu Khder, said his son’s name had been placed on the me­mo­rial with­out the fam­ily’s con­sent.

“I am Pales­tinian, not Is­raeli, even if I am a res­i­dent of east Jerusalem, and I do not want his name writ­ten next to that of Is­raeli sol­diers,” he said.

The wall is one of two — one bear­ing the names of fallen sol­diers and the other those of vic­tims of ter­ror at­tacks.

Is­rael was on Wed­nes­day mark­ing its an­nual day of re­mem­brance for both groups, with of­fi­cial cer­e­monies be­ing held across the coun­try and lead­ers set to at­tend com­mem­o­ra­tions at Mount Herzl.

Abu Khder was kid­napped from Is­raeli-an­nexed east Jerusalem on July 2 and his burned body was found hours later in a for­est in the west­ern part of the city.

He was al­legedly killed by three Jewish ex­trem­ists in re­venge weeks af­ter the kid­nap and mur­der of three Is­raeli teenagers by Pales­tinian mil­i­tants in the south­ern West Bank.

The three sus­pects are cur­rently on trial at a court in Jerusalem.

A num­ber of Arab names are in­scribed on the wall but the vast ma­jor­ity of those listed are Jewish Is­raelis killed in at­tacks car­ried out by Pales­tinian mil­i­tants.

Pi­toussi said that Abu Khder was not the first Pales­tinian vic­tim to be named there.

“There are oth­ers from east Jerusalem,” he told AFP, but was un­able to give de­tails.

AP

A boy hangs a rose on the wall of names of fallen sol­diers, at the Ar­mored Corps me­mo­rial, be­fore a cer­e­mony mark­ing the an­nual Me­mo­rial Day for sol­diers and civil­ians killed in more than a cen­tury of con­flict be­tween Jews and Arabs, in La­trun near Jerusalem, Is­rael on Wed­nes­day, April 22,

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