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Abbas Demands Netanyahu Condemn Arab Boy’s Murder (After Bibi Already Condemned It)

PA Arab leader Mahmoud Abbas demanded Israeli PM Netanyahu condemn Arab boy's murder, after Bibi had already unequivocally condemned it, without the international prodding that Abbas needed.

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Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas took the first opportunity possible Wednesday to call on Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to “condemn the kidnapping and murder [of an Arab youth]… as we condemned those of the three Israelis.”

Except that Mahmoud Abbas took several days to get around to his condemnation, whereas Prime Minister Netanyahu had already condemned the murder of young Muhammad Hussein Abu Khdeir, 17, by the time Abbas was demanding that he do so.

The entire Israeli leadership, in fact, rushed to unequivocally condemn the murder, from one end of the political spectrum to the other. That, despite the fact there were quiet indications by sources that requested anonymity the killing might be connected to a blood feud, a clan war or an “honor killing.”

Nor is Abbas doing anything on his own to discourage the violence of Jerusalem Arabs, who are rioting in every neighborhood in which they live.

The young Arab teen is believed to have been kidnapped from the northern Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Hanina overnight Tuesday. His parents called police to report him missing at about 4:00 a.m. and his body was allegedly found in the Jerusalem forest about an hour later, at 5:00 a.m., burnt and showing other signs of violence.

The efforts by Abbas to compare the murder to the kidnapping and subsequent murder by Hamas terrorists of three Israeli teens from Gush Etzion on June 12 was obvious, as was his attempt to place the blame for the killing at the doorstep of Israeli Jews, as a “revenge attack.”

Equally clear was his determination to seek a way to halt the IDF’s continued Operation Brother’s Keeper as soldiers proceed with the intensified search for the murderers of the boys, whose bodies were laid to rest Tuesday in the Modi’in cemetery.

Abbas blamed Israel for the death of the young Arab teen, the Bethlehem-based Ma’an news agency reported. He said in his statement to the WAFA news service that Israel should “take real measures” to “stop all revenge attacks.”

But Netanyahu had already referred to the killing as a “despicable murder” in public statements at the start of the day. The prime minister also spoke with Public Security Minister Yitzchak Aharonovich, urging him to get police moving to track down Muhammad Hussein Abu Khdeir’s killers.

The family of Naftali Frenkel, one of the murdered Israeli teens, meanwhile, told reporters Wednesday morning there was no difference between Arab and Jewish blood.

“If the Arab youth was murdered for nationalistic reasons then this is a horrible and horrendous thing. There is no difference between [Arab] blood and [Jewish] blood,” said Yishai Frenkel, uncle of the young terrror victim. “Murder is murder. There is no forgiveness and no justification for any form of murder,” he said.

However, there are many issues that are not yet clear.

It is still not known, for instance, whether in fact the two incidents are related, according to police officials. The prime minister called on security agencies to work swiftly to track down the perpetrators and identify their motives — but Abbas has obviously ignored his words.

Netanyahu also called on all sides not to take the law into their own hands, warning that Israel is “a nation of laws and everyone must act according to the law.”

Moreover, reports have surfaced of an Arab teen who was allegedly forced into a car in Shuafat late Tuesday night. It is not yet clear who was behind the kidnapping, nor whether the teen mentioned in the report is Muhammad, or someone else.

Nor has the body that was found in the Jerusalem forest definitely been identified as that of Muhammad Hussein Abu Khdeir. It may belong to someone else. All these issues have yet to be clarified.

Hana Levi Julian

About the Author: Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.

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  1. Paul W. Howe says:

    What an evil devil… too darn.

  2. David Kaim says:

    Tons of human beings — both gov’t officials and private citizens – in Israel immediately condemend this horrible crime. Whether it was perpetrated by a Jew or by an Arab, it should not have happened. Seems Abbas is somewhat glad to have blood spilled so he can use it politically against Bibi, even if Bibi had already made a statement. They only care about tragedies when they can use them against the Jews.

  3. Feraco Ed says:

    Abbas has not condemned the murder of the Jewish boys! Muslims/Arabs killed the arab boy. Abbas can go FHS

  4. Jamie Siever says:

    Abbas isn’t exactly the sharpest tool in the shed.

  5. Eddie Ancona says:

    Its unbelievable how Abbas lives to say those words, he doesn’t even want to see that Netanyahu condemned it already before Abbas was even acknowledged about it.

    And besides the fact that the kid was allegedly killed by his own family for being gay, this is gonna backfire big time on them for even daring to throw the blame on israel.

  6. Lisa Kamins says:

    stuff it Abbas, maybe you should clean your own closet first. this kid was murdered by his own and your people cause he was gay, also, maybe you should apologize for the horrific Jew hatred you promote and encourage, encouragement that led to the murder of Our 3 boys!!!!

  7. Lisa Kamins says:

    correct. actually he is probably happy re this tragedy, as the kid was gay. that is why his people murdered him.

  8. Ahmed Atef says:

    His name is Muhammed Abu Khdiera 16 years old. Why not to call him a teen?! Why not to call him a human being?!

  9. Netanyahu did condemn the killing from what I’ve heard

  10. Orah Peer says:

    the irony is that he was probable murder by Arabs…

  11. Ahmed Atef says:

    Muhammed Abu Khidera was a straight religous 16 teen.
    kidnaped and killed by zionists,while he was going to pray in mosque.

  12. Eddie Ancona says:

    He is a teen and he is a human being, no one says otherwise.
    But guess what? his family are the prime suspects in his murder, they are saying they probably killed him because he was gay.
    Whatever the Palestinians are trying to do , and to blame israel, is gonna backfire big time.

  13. Ahmed Atef says:

    lies lies lies.
    Muhammed was a straight religeous teen.
    Actually he was kiddnaped and killed while going to pray in mosque.

  14. A hamas propaganda stunt to have the world sympathize with fakeastilians.As if they already don’t.. Word is the 16 yr old was killed by his muzzie parents because he was gay. Israel needs a thousand more Dr. Baruch Goldstein’s to clean house.

  15. A religious homo. Baahaaaaa. Islam condemns homosexuality. You should be proud Ahmed. Ah, the religion of peace and tolerance. Lol

  16. The Middle East is off its head

  17. Ahmed Atef says:

    oh God ,cerebral damage.
    you are gay,he was not gay.

  18. Morry Barak says:

    Nothing good will happen without many dead arabs.

  19. Morry Barak says:

    Nothing good will happen without many dead arabs.

  20. Sadie Kojack says:

    What for? If their people cared about human life, they would not kidnap and murder children and strap bombs to their children! Really Abbas????!!!

  21. Sadie Kojack says:

    What for? If their people cared about human life, they would not kidnap and murder children and strap bombs to their children! Really Abbas????!!!

  22. Diane Hudson says:

    The Arabs did it and trying to blame Israel!

  23. Diane Hudson says:

    The Arabs did it and trying to blame Israel!

  24. Killing this boy is absolutely wrong, but I would not be surprised if Arabs did it instead of Jews to get publicity.

  25. Killing this boy is absolutely wrong, but I would not be surprised if Arabs did it instead of Jews to get publicity.

  26. Larry Self says:

    PA leader hypocrite

  27. Mona Frank says:

    If I make a comment, it wouldn’t be a nice one, so I will say nothing

  28. Typical arab mentality…”abdhul factor” in full play here

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