The Electronic Intifada has obtained video images showing the faces of two of the suspected kidnappers and murderers of Muhammad Abu Khudair, the Palestinian teenager who was abducted on Wednesday morning, burned alive and dumped in a Jerusalem forest.
(See update below on arrests in this case).
The footage comes from a security camera on the building owned by Hussein Abu Khudair, Muhammad’s father.
Muhammad was kidnapped from right outside the building in an apparent racially-motivated reprisal for the killings of three Israeli teens whose bodies were found in the occupied West Bank last Monday.
The video above was taken on a mobile phone pointed at a computer belonging to Hussein Abu Khudair that was playing the original video from the security camera.
Israeli police were present at the time the mobile phone footage was shot and their voices can be heard in the background, but they were apparently unaware that the mobile phone video was being made.
A short time later, around 6am on 2 July, just over two hours after Muhammad disappeared, Israeli police confiscated the laptop containing the original file.
Faces of suspected killers
The video shows two young men walking in from the top left of the frame, one wearing a white t-shirt and one wearing a black t-shirt. The one with the white t-shirt is gesturing with his left hand.
They then stop, at the bottom right of the frame, as if they are talking to someone who is not visible in the video, presumably Muhammad. The man in the white t-shirt continues to gesture vigorously.
This still image shows their faces. Though not clear, this would likely be sufficient for authorities to identify them and the original footage taken by the police would almost certainly be much clearer. While this still image has appeared on several websites, the video above is published for the first time, here at The Electronic Intifada.
Second CCTV video shows kidnapping
The Electronic Intifada separately obtained security camera footage taken from across the road, which Muhammad’s family says shows his kidnapping.
The Guardian previously published a short clip of this second video, as Bushra Abu Khdeir, an aunt of Muhammad, comments on it.
These frames taken from the video, running in a short loop can be visually matched to the first clip above showing the alleged murderers from close up.
In the full video, below, the men first appear at 3:50:14am on Wednesday, 2 July.
Following their appearance the two men approach the spot where Muhammad was said to be sitting on the steps of the building.
At 3:50:26, a car appears in front of where the men are standing. The car moves forward and then reverses.
Some kind of altercation is visible and then the figures disappear into the car which moves off at high speed.
Israel has placed a gag order on Israeli media reporting details of the case.
Update, 6 July: Arrests
On Sunday, media reported that six suspects had been arrested in the killing of Muhammad. The suspects were not named but an Israeli official told media that they were “Jewish extremists.”
Israeli blogger Elizabeth Tsurkov reported on her Twitter feed that the suspects were associated with the Beitar Jerusalem football club whose fans are notorious for anti-Arab violence and racist chants.
She said that this information was reported by Israel’s Channel 10, in violation of a gag order.