Man indicted for aiding Israeli teens’ killers

A resident of East Jerusalem is under indictment for allegedly aiding one of the alleged planners of the killing of Israeli teenagers Naftali Fraenkel, Gilad Shaar and Eyal Yifrah to escape after the murder.

The Jerusalem District Prosecutor’s Office has filed an indictment in the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court for obstruction of justice and harboring a criminal against Wail Karme, a resident of Anata, a Palestinian village on Jerusalem’s northeast municipal boundary.

According to the indictment, Karme offered Husam Kawasme, who Israel says commanded the Hebron-based Hamas cell that kidnapped and murdered the teens in June, a safe place to hide after the attack.

Karme and Kawasme are cousins, and the bodies of the teens were eventually found on Karme’s land. According to the indictment, Karme knew where the teens were buried but kept the information secret until he was arrested by Israeli security forces.

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