Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Palestinians execute teenage hostage

The IDF has confirmed that the Palestinians have executed hostage Eliyahu Asheri, 18, of Itamar, who was kidnapped earlier this week in the West Bank.

IDF combat engineers on patrol late Wednesday night in Ramallah found Asheri's body in an abandoned car in an open field. The teenager appeared to have been shot to death, and initial findings indicated that he may have been killed as early as Sunday. Israel Radio reported.

Asheri's family has been notified.

After the Palestinians produced an authentic copy of missing teenager Asheri's identity card and confirmed that he had been kidnapped, the Israeli police's elite counterterrorist squad raided a home in Ramallah in the afternoon and arrested a fugitive...who probably told them where to find Asheri's body.

Yesterday, a spokesman for the Hamas-affiliated PRC told jihad TV, AKA Al-Jazeera that Asheri would be "butchered in front of TV cameras" if the IDF operation in Gaza did not stop. I'm certain a jihadi snuff video will be forthcoming.

Rabbi Haim Druckman, Asheri's grandfather, described Asheri as "a great kid, very responsible, very serious and sensitive... He was at his greatest, blossoming and very happy."

Eliahu was the eldest of five children, and his parents have been living in Itamar since 1991. His father immigrated from Melbourne, Australia.

May his blood be avenged by the G-d of Israel who sees all. Z"l

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