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My Friend’s Murderer is Set to be Released


Yehoshua (Jason) Friedberg

Yehoshua (Jason) Friedberg
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Twenty years ago, a soldier, a friend I met at enlistment, Yehoshua Friedberg, was murdered by Arab terrorists. The last time I saw him must have been on a Friday, I guess it was a week or so before he was murdered.

We were in Jerusalem, it was getting late. I was rushing home. I was on one side of Yafo street, and he was on the other. We waved to one another, and we continued on our way. Yehoshua was a very special person. He had gone out of his way to help me when I was having some initial difficulties in the army.

Around a week later, back on base, we heard they were organizing search parties for a missing soldier, then I heard it was Yehoshua. Then I heard they found his body.

I was just talking to another friend, Ari Fuld, who also enlisted with us. He said Yehoshua’s killer was released in the Gilad Shalit deal.

I checked again, because I saw his killer’s name on the current list. It turns out one of them was released in the Shalit deal.

But Yehoshua had two murderers.

The second is apparently now on this latest list of murderers to be released, just so Abbas will agree to talk to Netanyahu.

Ari and I were just on the phone, we were somewhere between speechlessness and voiceless rage. I’m reliving what I felt 20 years ago.

These “Palestinians” killed our friend. They should be dead, not freed to be lauded as heroes by their sick and demented society.

I am speechless. I am at a loss. I don’t have the words to express how I feel right now.

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28 Responses to “My Friend’s Murderer is Set to be Released”

  1. Dvorah Bee says:

    We are all speechless. Here is the judenrat who voted for this betrayal-may they roast in gehe.
    na Here's a list of the criminal traitors in Israel, those who voted for the proposal: Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Yuval Steinitz, Moshe Ya'alon and Gideon Sa'ar from the Likud, Sofa Landver and Yitzhak Aharonovitch from Yisrael Beytenu, Yesh Atid's Yair Lapid, Yael German, Yaakov Peri, Shai Piron, Meir Cohen, and Hatnua's Tzipi Livni, and Amir Peretz. Likud ministers Silvan Shalom and Limor Livnat abstained.

  2. Dvorah Bee says:

    And not even one measly Jew, Pollard, could be released.

  3. Anonymous says:

    the JP has become the home for the "no negotiations, no compromises, no reality" wing of the lunatic fringe.
    when Netanyahu is referred to as a traitor, you know you're dealing with lunatics; they could run for the state senate in Texas or Utah for all their grounding in ideology.

  4. I sure hope you don't live in Israel with us, because you have no idea what the release of these vicious killers is all about. How they killed our beloved brothers – chopping off body parts while still alive and stuffing them down the throats of the victim, burning babies alive trapped in a burning vehicle – but no, someone who releases them isn't a traitor – you idiot!

  5. You are both insane and lunatic and a pos. Goddamned liar.

  6. Brian Kent says:

    This breaks my heart. How awful. But anybody who does not see more to come is a fool. For the right price they will give up more land and do anything.

  7. Jason Friedberg was my neighbour in Montreal, Canada. We grew up in the same neighbourhood. I remember that horrific day when they found him. His loss continues to be felt. letting this murderer go is purely sick. He should have been executed for what he did to Jason.

  8. This is God’s land and God allow’s no one to give it away. Iran continues unwavering on it’s march in the development of nuclear weapons and Assad the dictator of Syria is still in power. Current intelligence seems uncertain of when Iran will get the bomb and Israel cannot afford to gamble with this. Assad of Syria has allegedly used chemical weapons against his own people and has targeted Tel-Aviv with his missiles. If this situation does not drastically change soon for the better, I believe the war in Isaiah Chapter 17 will likely take place. Damascus Syria would be destroyed. The worlds economy would likely collapse as a result and could usher in a one world government movement. I wrote a small 6 page book that outlines what I believe the Bible states will take place soon as well as the potential trends I see at this time. I don’t accept donations and it’s free. It’s a short read. I encourage you to have a look: http://www.booksie.com/religion_and_spirituality/book/richard_b_barnes/after-the-rapture-whats-next.

  9. Corey Wexler says:

    Three brothers were convicted in Jason's murder trial. One was released in 2011 in the Shalit deal. The other two are on the this new list of 104 prisoners to be released.

  10. Corey Wexler says:

    Three brothers were convicted in Jason's murder trial. One was released in 2011 in the Shalit deal. The other two are on the this new list of 104 prisoners to be released.

  11. I grew up within a five minute walk from the Friedberg's. I remember throwing a baseball around on their front lawn. I was also in the army when Jason was murder. With permission, I left my unit I. The Golan Heights and went to the funeral. I quietly stood in the background to pay my respects to a fellow soldier and a hometown boy. The feeling was indescribable. I will remember the utter hate that I felt that day for his murderers, and the utter sorrow that I felt for his family and his loss, for the rest of my life. We fought so that others would not have to. We killed so that others would not die. We died so that others may live. But not this way! This is pure and simple injustice and a slight to the memory of someone who gave everything for the country that he loved. May G-d condemn those who la k the conviction to condemn true murderers.

    Jason, many will remember you until the day that they die.

  12. Mallary Segall says:

    These savages will return to a hero's welcome and a parade led by Israel's 'peace' partner. I can't imagine what the families of the murdered are going through. Shame on all who agreed to this.

  13. Noah Farbstein says:

    @ ANONYMOUS. I assume you remain as such (e.g. anonymous) as your comments are uneducated, demonstrate a clear lack of understanding of the situation and border on the inane ("border being a euphanism")!

    Netanyahu not only has betrayed an entire country (Israel), but an entire nation, including its forefathers of 6,000 years. In return for meaningless chater, which will not bring peace, and in violation of Jewish Law (e.g. the Torah) he has released murderers with hands soaked with Jewish blood who should have been sentenced to death.

    It is a sad day for the Jewish nation.

  14. Luba Pankiw Lallouz says:

    Bastards is the one word that comes to mind!

  15. Jennifer Friedberg says:

    I appreciate this article as a means to get this information out. However, as Jason's sister, I wish that Facebook wouldn't be used as a platform for political arguments and name calling.

  16. One could just imagine how much Israel would willing to pay the price for the sake of peace, land for peace and prisoners for peace. Well, see how much Israel’s God demand the price for peace towards Israel’s enemies.
    Ezek. 28:26 And they shall dwell safely therein, and shall build houses, and plant vineyards; yea, they shall dwell with confidence, WHEN I HAVE EXECUTED JUDGMENTS UPON ALL THOSE THAT DESPISE THEM ROUND ABOUT THEM; and they shall know that I am the LORD their God.

  17. Yona Morgenstern says:

    I think there must be a way for the country to begin a death penalty for those that murder. Whom ever feels they can begin a petition or help in anyway in getting a death penalty for terrorists started can change this mess for the future! It is to our benefit that there is no one to negotiate with in the future. Then the Political leaders will not have people in jail to let out. They will be dead and therefore there will not be anyone in Jail to be used for negotiation purposes. Sadly I'm sure the PM was in a situation where if he didn't let these men out our country would be in more danger. I'm sure there are things we don't know. Again if the terrorists were dead there would be nothing to worry about. We would be teaching Terrorists you want to kill you will be killed not left to live given 3 meals a day and room and bored payed for till someone negotiates your release. Terrorists should be used for target practice!

  18. Yona Morgenstern says:

    I think there must be a way for the country to begin a death penalty for those that murder. Whom ever feels they can begin a petition or help in anyway in getting a death penalty for terrorists started can change this mess for the future! It is to our benefit that there is no one to negotiate with in the future. Then the Political leaders will not have people in jail to let out. They will be dead and therefore there will not be anyone in Jail to be used for negotiation purposes. Sadly I'm sure the PM was in a situation where if he didn't let these men out our country would be in more danger. I'm sure there are things we don't know. Again if the terrorists were dead there would be nothing to worry about. We would be teaching Terrorists you want to kill you will be killed not left to live given 3 meals a day and room and bored payed for till someone negotiates your release. Terrorists should be used for target practice!

  19. Yona Morgenstern says:

    regarding the poll next to this page as to why this was done. Please people get out of your state of shock and do something!

  20. Bear Klein says:

    It is just wrong.

  21. Bear Klein says:

    It is just wrong.

  22. Stuart Cohen says:

    This article speaks for all of us who remember our beloved friend and neighbour. Jenny, there are so many, yet so few words to describe the ongoing price Israel pays for 'peace.' Only comforting words to what you, your family, and the people of Israel must go through every day as they HONOUR their sons and daughters, brothers, sisters, and cousins whose lives are senselessly cut short in the defense of Israel. All we can say is sorry, we share your anger and pain, and thank you for being strong, we will be by your side. We will remember Jason forever and never give a second of thought to those who hurt and have hate in their heart.

  23. Stuart Cohen says:

    This article speaks for all of us who remember our beloved friend and neighbour. Jenny, there are so many, yet so few words to describe the ongoing price Israel pays for 'peace.' Only comforting words to what you, your family, and the people of Israel must go through every day as they HONOUR their sons and daughters, brothers, sisters, and cousins whose lives are senselessly cut short in the defense of Israel. All we can say is sorry, we share your anger and pain, and thank you for being strong, we will be by your side. We will remember Jason forever and never give a second of thought to those who hurt and who have hate in their heart.

  24. Benjamin Fox says:

    Israels God says murderer's are to be executed so why are these terrorist even alive today? The death sentence needs to re-enacted everywhere in the world, most needed in the U.S. where the citizens suffers by having to support the idiots for life, that is just wrong and puts more lives in danger. You murder, you die period.

  25. Dawn Yonah says:

    Thanks for posting the names – PLEASE let's not let these politicians forget. They all have rationalizations. Where is the outrage? When will the Jewish community RISE UP and say we're not taking this behavior anymore??!! Shame on the American administration, also, for demanding this outrage!

  26. James Johnston Ferguson says:

    what will YIsrael gain by this move!
    we protestant's in northern Ireland watched IRA killer's be released by London government! they are still active today! how do you give a soldier or policeman a medal for long service! then Let out the terrorist's that did this! they call it a hard choice! but its just politics! not in our name! shalom to YIsrael.

  27. Cathy Sherman says:

    Stephen, I hope it helps you to know there are people out there who do care about every loss. I feel I had to do something, so I write email letters to MKs, to Netanyahu. This can't be done, not just prisoner release, but land for no peace. Netanyahu has just subjected all Israel to at least 9 months of painful pressure being put on us to give precious land for more deaths. He promises a referendum, but why go through all this when he could have the referendum now to see if Israel even wants to offer land to our enemies? they've have already said we can't step foot in it if G-d forbid some agreement would be reached. I don't for a minute think any agreement will ever be reached, but we will have still granted concessions that won't be returned. It's all so wrong.

  28. I FEEL JUST AS SICK ABOUT THIS AS YOU DO ANOTHER KNIFE IN OUR BACKS BY THE GREAT USA, BUT POLLARD 'THEY' KEEP. STRANGE LOGIC!

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