Palestinian teen's name erased from Israel memorial
22 April 2015, 17:17
Jerusalem - 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
Haim Pitoussi, spokesperson 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
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
Israel's leaders were to attend central
ceremonies at Mount Herzl.
The commemoration for soldiers is at 08:00
GMT and that for civilians two hours later.
Abu Khder was kidnapped from annexed east
Jerusalem on July 2 and his burnt 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.
Although a number of Arab names are
featured on the wall, it was believed to be the first time the name of a
Palestinian killed by Jewish Israelis had been listed.
The vast majority of the names are of
Jewish Israelis killed in attacks carried out by Palestinian militants.