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Arab MK Calls for Boys’ Release

MK Sarsour claims Israel "root cause" for tension with Palestinians, but says "no justification" for kidnapping
MK Ibrahim Sarsour

MK Ibrahim Sarsour
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MK Sheikh Ibrahim Sarsour (United Arab Party) called Wednesday for the international community to intervene on behalf of Eyal Yifrah, Gil-Ad Shayer and Naftali Frenkel, as well as on behalf of hunger striking Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.

“We certainly join in the prayers of my Jewish colleagues for the safe return of the boys to their families, “ Sarsour told The Jewish Press. “We oppose violence against civilians, on both sides of this awful, bloody conflict. Innocent civilians belong outside the the circle of this conflict.”

Sarsour noted that the Arab community, and especially the Arab Knesset members, view the abduction crisis in light of an ongoing hunger strike by 150 Palestinians in Israeli jails, including individuals who have been held in administrative detention for years. These individuals have not been charged or tried.

“I call on the international human rights community to act – on behalf of the boys, and on behalf of the prisoners. But you absolutely cannot separate the two issues. They are integrally related,” Sarsour said.

Asked whether he agreed with MK Hanin Zoabi’s assertion Tuesday that the kidnappers “are not terrorists,” Sarsour ducked the question, saying only that he agreed with her assertion that Israel’s “occupation” is the root cause for the current crisis, and for ongoing Israel-Palestinian tension. However, he added that MK Zoabi would agree with his assertion that the abduction of the teenagers was unjustified.

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6 Responses to “Arab MK Calls for Boys’ Release”

  1. Avi Copelan says:

    But, where are the boys now??

  2. At the end of the day All these Arab MK never fail an occasion to intertwine 2 separate subjects. Arab prisoners in Israeli jails are fed properly, get visits from their relatives and the RED CROSS unlike the other side that there are kept isolated. Give me a break.

  3. He gives a penny and DEMANDS a dollar in return

  4. Judith Dowla says:

    In America, people wait to be tried and have their day in court and many for years they remain detained. Not enough lawyers to manage the cases let alone times available to book for hearings or trials. No different here time wise. Yes, it is time to release the 3 boys and we can assist you on how to deal with other matters. No Har Meggido. We do not want to see the see the fields and ground over flowing with blood 6 feet deep. Find a solution and find it soon. The final solution. Otherwise you will destroy one another. What a waste. How far have we come over the past 3,000 years????? Still trying to annihilate one another.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Rather naive uneducated view of the Mideast conflict. Truth of the matter is that Israel has badly wanted peace for a long time, has made innumerable conciliatory gestures toward the Palestinians, who in Henry Kissinger's words "never miss a chance to miss a chance".
    This is NOT a matter of moral equivalence–the Islamists have NO desire to make peace with Israel. Their only goal is to destroy it.
    How can you negotiate with people like that?

    (P.S.: I'm a Christian but i also have 2 eyes and a brain–that's why i strongly support the good guys here, Israel).

  6. Judith Dowla says:

    me , are you aware that Egypt wants the Coptics and Christians to leave as soon as possible? Where will they go? How about the United Arab Emirates taking all the Palestinians and Arab Muslims away from Israel. Would that solve the problems? I believe that would help immensely and solve a lot of blood being shed. I presume you are aware of The Revelation in the Complete Jewish Bible. Do you believe we are entering it right now? That it has arrived. I shall be delighted when Moshiach ben David comes to earth to start fixing all of us up to where we ought to be. You too? Shalom to my new Christian friend from a Messianic Jewish friend for you. Rav Shalom!!

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