Shalom Life | July 01, 2014

Jewish Analyst Justifies Killing of Israeli Teens

Pedro Brieger, a contributor for CNN in Spanish, has been condemned for his broadcast by Argentinian Jewish leaders

By: Peter Herriman

Published: July 3rd, 2014 in News » World

Argentine Jewish leaders have condemned Pedro Brieger, a contributor for CNN in Spanish, after he justified the killing of three Israeli teens in a commentary on Argentina broadcast via the Telam News Network.

“Every occupation provokes resistance of all kinds, peaceful and violent,” said Brieger, who is Jewish, in a commentary that aired Monday.

The timing of this broadcast is vital to its significance, airing on the same day that the bodies of Gilad Shaar, Naftali Fraenkel and Eyal Yifrach were discovered in a shallow grave in a field near Hebron. Israel has blamed Palestinian terrorist group Hamas for the kidnapping.

Brieger went on to blame Israel for its own issue of kidnapping. “Every day Israel kidnaps people and also kills people, but this news doesn’t get reported in the international news agencies,” Brieger said. “You have to remember that these three young hostages were in a territory where the United Nations determined that Israelis had to withdraw. Israel is like a Pac-Man eating advancing Palestinian territory.”

In response to this tirade, Julio Schlosser, the president of the DAIA umbrella of Argentina Jewish groups, called out Brieger for his statements. “We must condemn attitudes like the journalist Pedro Brieger,” Schlosser said at a demonstration Tuesday night in Buenos Aires organized by the main Jewish Argentine institutions to condemn the teens’ murders. “You can disagree with Israeli policies. But you can’t justify the kidnapping and murder of teens for geopolitical reasons.”

Brieger joined the staff of CNN in Spanish two days before making the remarks. Hopefully, his tenure there won’t last longer than a week.

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