'We don't want recognition from Israel, we want justice,' says Muhammad Abu Khdeir's father

April 21, 2015 14:02

The surviving relatives of Muhammad Abu Khdeir expressed shock on Tuesday over the Israeli government’s decision to memorialize the east Jerusalem teen during Remembrance Day ceremonies.

“How can anyone do such a thing without consulting the family?” said Abu Khdeir’s father, Hussein.

Muhammad Abu Khdeir was 16 years old last summer when he was brutally murdered by Jewish extremists seeking revenge for the kidnapping and murder of three yeshiva students by Islamists in the West Bank.

Yossi Haim Ben-David and two other minors confessed to the crime.

Abu Khdeir will be memorialized during official Remembrance Day ceremonies on Mt. Herzl in Jerusalem. His name also appears on a government website dedicated to civilian victims of terrorist atrocities.

“We have no interest in receiving recognition from the State of Israel or in receiving National Insurance Institute payments,” Hussein Abu Khdeir told The Jerusalem Post’s Hebrew-language sister publication Ma’ariv.

“We want the three individuals who burned Muhammad to death to receive the punishment that they deserve,” he said. “We want justice.”

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