One Year Ago Today
Thursday, July 2, 2015 at 03:24PM


Mohammad Abu Khdeir, 16 years old, was abducted outside his home in the Jerusalem neighbohood of Shu’afat. His body was found that same morning, though two days would pass before the police agreed to release it to his family. He had been burned alive. At the funeral his body was concealed in a simple green wooden casket. It's there in the photo below, above the heads of the mourners. He was by all accounts a sweet and very funny boy, always joking. You can see the laughter in his eyes in the banner that hung from the family home. For a while, the police tried to force the family to remove it, threatening to fine them about $500 every day it stayed up. It's been a long year. 

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