Chanting "Intifada, Intifada," thousands of furious Palestinians called for a new uprising against Israel during the funeral on Friday of a teen they believe was kidnapped and killed by far-right Jews.
Stones thrown at Israeli police were met by teargas, stun grenades and rubber bullets in one of the most highly charged displays of enmity in Jerusalem in years as the body of Muhammad Abu Khdeir, 16, wrapped in a Palestinian flag, was carried through his neighborhood under a sweltering sun.Medics said 15 demonstrators were treated for injuries. There was no immediate word of arrests by the Israelis.Palestinian officials trying to calm tensions in recent weeks have said they would prevent any intifada, or uprising, and seek a solution to a crisis that began when three Israeli teens were kidnapped in the occupied West Bank on June 12.The discovery of their dead bodies on Monday prompted an outpouring of national grief in Israel. Tensions spiked after Abu Khdeir was kidnapped on Wednesday in his Arab neighborhood in Jerusalem and his charred body was found hours later in a forest on the edge of the city.
The police presence was already heavy throughout the city this week, to control anti-Arab marches by Israeli ultranationalists and stone-throwing protests by Palestinians.The Israeli military said it had jailed four soldiers for posting anti-Arab messages on social media. A police spokesman said the force's cyber-crime unit was also cracking down on racial incitement online, whether by Jewish or Arab citizens.While vowing to hit Hamas over the three Israeli teenagers' killings, Netanyahu is reluctant to launch a major operation in that could upend already difficult relations with Abbas.More powerful Israeli attacks in Gaza could also draw longer-range Palestinian rocket fire capable of reaching Israel's heartland and its business capital, Tel Aviv.Israeli cabinet minister Yuval Steinitz said any escalation risked disrupting international efforts to negotiate a curb on Iran's disputed nuclear drive ahead of a July 20 deadline."We don't want, possibly, to divert all of the world's attention to something else now, of all times, from the matter of the Iranian nuclear program, which is the existential threat to Israel - more than terrorism, more than riots," Steinitz told Israel's Army Radio on Friday.
מסע הלוויה של הנער משועפאט: מאות מיידים אבנים לעבר שוטרים המאבטחים במקום. הם נהדפים באמצעים לפיזור הפגנות. אין נפגעים pic.twitter.com/p6ytuvMYwI— משטרת ישראל (@IL_police) July 4, 2014