- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 17, 2014

A Palestinian teen who was abducted and killed on July 2 struggled to live before being beaten unconscious and burned alive, according to court documents released Thursday, reported The New York Times

The documents revealed that Muhammad Abu Khdeir, 16, knew something was off when two Jewish teens approached him and asked for directions. He tried to escape and call for help but was stuffed in a car driven by an adult, the Times reported.

Israeli authorities are charging two teens and one adult with Muhammad’s abduction and murder, which followed the abduction and murder of three Israeli teens in the West Bank. 

All three are from the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community and are related in some way, court documents indicated. 


According to the Times, the murder indictment says that the suspects changed out of their Orthodox clothing and into more casual attire before seeking out a victim. After getting Muhammed to the car, documents state he continued to struggle, kicking one of his abductors before the driver instructed them to “finish him off.” They attempted to strangle Muhammed, and he lost consciousness but did not die, according to the indictment.

The court documents state that the three suspects took Muhammed to a Jerusalem forest, where the adult repeatedly struck Muhammed in the head with a wrench, naming families killed or people reportedly killed by Palestinians, and finished the assault by kicking him three times in the names of the three murdered teens, the Times reported. 

While unconscious, Muhammed was doused with gasoline and lit on fire by the adult and one of the teens, while the third teen was waiting in the car, according to the indictment. 

Israeli authorities have not released the names of any of the suspects or the extent of their familial relationships.