JERUSALEM, July 7 (Xinhua) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday morning phoned the father of a murdered Palestinian teenager to express his shock and outrage, as clashes by angry Palestinians continued across the country.
"I would like to express my outrage and that of the citizens of Israel over the reprehensible murder of your son," Netanyahu told Hussein Abu Khdeir, according to a statement released by the Prime Minister Office.
"The murder of your son is abhorrent and cannot be countenanced by any human being," Netanyahu said, adding "We acted immediately to apprehend the murderers. We will bring them to trial and they will be dealt with to the fullest extent of the law."
The statement didn't specify the response of the father, but on Sunday he told local TV channels that he has no faith in Netanyahu 's "government of settlers" and said that he hold the government as "accomplice" to the murder. Abu Khdeir said that "a day before the killing, some ministers and parliament members called 'death to Arabs.' They gave power to extremists who want to kill Arabs."
On Sunday, the police and Israeli Security Agency (the Shin Bet) arrested six suspects. The police believe the killing was carried out for "nationalistic" reasons, to avenge abduction and killing of three Israeli teens last month. The suspects are Jewish residents of Jerusalem and Beit Shemesh, a Jewish lower-class suburb of Jerusalem.
16-year-old Muhammad Abu Khdeir was kidnapped on Wednesday morning in Shuafat, a Palestinian neighborhood of Jerusalem, when he was going for his morning prayer at the local mosque. The autopsy report said that traces of smoke were found in his lungs, suggesting he was burned alive.
The brutal murder triggered violent protests in Jerusalem and about half a dozen other Arab cities across Israel.
Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told Xinhua that some 50 protesters were arrested last night during clashes in Nazareth and Tamra in the north and the southern Negev.
In Wadi Ara, Arab protesters hurled stones at buses. One woman was slightly injured by a broken window.
The arrest of the suspects also triggered attacks against Arabs by Jews.
In Jaffa, a city south of Tel Aviv, a group of far-right Israelis chased an Arab child who managed to escape later, Israel' s Walla news website reported. In response, Arab residents held a peaceful demonstration outside the Yeshiva (Jewish seminary) of the extremists.
In Um Tuba, a Palestinian neighborhood of Jerusalem, Jewish far- right activists hurled stones at Palestinian cars.