Shalom Life | July 01, 2014

Israelis Condemn Murder of 16-Year-Old Arab Boy

"There is no differentiating between blood and blood, murder is murder, whatever the nationality or age. There’s no justification, no forgiveness, and no redemption for any murder," says Yishai Frankel, uncle of murdered Israeli teen Naftali

By: Daniel Koren

Published: July 2nd, 2014 in News » World

Israelis Condemn Murder of 16-Year-Old Arab Boy

Last night, just hours after the joint funeral of our three fallen boys Naftali Fraenkel, Gil’ad Shaar and Eyal Yifrach, a 16-year-old Palestinian boy from East Jerusalem, Mohammed Abu Khdeir, was reportedly kidnapped, with witnesses saying they say him being forced into a car.

His body was found in a Jerusalem forest hours later.

Israeli leaders were quick to condemn the killing, but many media reports began to speculate if the killing was a “revenge attack,” though, so far, there is no evidence to indicate so.

“If this is indeed an act of vengeance, this is not just the brutal murder of an innocent boy but an act of terror in every meaning of the word and a threat to the very foundations of Israel as a lawful and democratic state,” said Shelly Yachimovich of the Labor Party. “This is a barbaric challenge to the sovereignty of the state, to the army, the police, the courts and the government, and it is urgent that we find the killers and bring them to justice.”

MK Uri Ariel, of right-wing party Jewish Home, tweeted “The murder Arab boy and burning his body this morning is a despicable act and shocking. I call the police to spare no efforts, to reach the killers fast and bring them to justice,” while Mayor of Jerusalem, Nir Barkat, said “I vigorously condemn barbaric murder of boy in #Jerusalem. I am confident security forces will bring perpetrators to justice.”

Even the Fraenkel family, who had just buried their son Naftali, released a statement via the boy’s uncle, Yishai. “We do not know the exactly what happened last night in eastern Jerusalem, and the police are investigating. But if it is true a boy was killed for nationalistic reasons, we are talking about a troubling and horrifying act. There is no differentiating between blood and blood, murder is murder, whatever the nationality or age. There’s no justification, no forgiveness, and no redemption for any murder.”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also condemned the killing, ordering police to investigate and bring the culprits of this “reprehensible murder” to justice as soon as possible.

“Israel is a nation of laws and everyone must act according to the law,” he said in a statement after his meeting with Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch.

Despite these claims from Israel’s leaders, the Palestinian Authority are blaming Israel for the kidnap and murder of Abu Khdeir.

P.A. President Mahmoud Abbas challenged Netanyahu to “condemn the kidnapping and murder of Palestinian teenager Mohammed Abu Khdeir as we condemned the kidnapping of the three Israelis” at the same time that Netanyahu released his statement.

Hamas referred to the tragedy as a “kidnapping and execution,” adding that “the occupation will pay the price for its crimes.”

Meanwhile, police are thoroughly investigating in East Jerusalem to find Abu Khdeir’s murderer. They say that the motive for his murder has yet to be confirmed.


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