Mourners shout as they carry the body of a Hamas militant during his funeral in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip July 7, 2014. AFP PHOTO / SAID KHATIB
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The involvement of Jewish extremists in the brutal murder of a Palestinian teenager has forced Israel to confront the growing danger of a violently anti-Arab narrative peddled by the far-right fringe.Six Jewish suspects, three of them minors, were arrested early Sunday in connection with the killing – believed to be a bloody act of revenge for the murder of three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank last month.Following the discovery June 30 of the bodies of the three Israeli teenagers who had been abducted and killed 18 days earlier, senior ministers were quick to fire off a string of belligerent statements, prompting accusations they had poured fuel on the already smoldering fire among extremists.Twenty-four hours later, more than 200 Jewish extremists took to the streets of Jerusalem, screaming "Death to Arabs!," dragging people out of cars and storming the light rail system in what one witness described as "a pogrom".One of the first to denounce the killing was the family of one of the murdered Israeli teenagers.
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