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Arab Mourners ‘Celebrate’ Funeral with Riots instead of Psalms

“I hope your death brings victory to Palestine” – mother of abducted and murdered Arab Abu Khudair.

Jerusalem Arabs' version of reciting Psalms at the funeral of Mohammed Abu Khdeir on Friday.

Jerusalem Arabs' version of reciting Psalms at the funeral of Mohammed Abu Khdeir on Friday.
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Jerusalem Arabs rioted and hurled everything except the kitchen sink at Jerusalem police Friday during the funeral of 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khudair, who was kidnapped and killed in the pre-dawn hours on Wednesday.

The Arab world, encouraged by international and even some Israeli media, have jumped on the murder as Israeli revenge for the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers three weeks ago. There are no clear signs who kidnapped and killed the Arab boy, and eyewitness accounts and video footage of the scene of the abduction do not offer clear evidence whether Jews or Arabs carried out the crime and if there were nationalistic motives.

Virtually every media source has refrained from mentioning the ongoing rumors that the boy was a homosexual, which is enough of an “offense’ to be met by death in many Muslim circles.

Friday’s violence, which spread to the Temple Mount, was broadcast throughout the world, but no one has contrasted it with the Jewish reaction to the kidnapping and murders of the three yeshiva students buried earlier this week.

Suha Khudair, mother of the Arab victim said at the funeral, “I hope your death brings victory to Palestine,” while mourners chanted, “With our souls and our blood we will redeem you, martyr.” His body was draped with a Palestinian Authority flag and got across the message that Jerusalem Arabs are not part of Israel.

However, all polls show that most Jerusalem Arabs hold Israeli identity cards, enjoy all the benefits from the city of Jerusalem and from the country that Jews enjoy, and do not want lose their rights and become subjects of a would-be Palestinian Authority country.

That view is summed up in an explanation by one Jerusalem rioter to an Israeli television reporter, who asked why he was wearing a mask.

The rioters said he is afraid of losing his job and his social security benefits. Friday’s clashes, complete with the usual round of rock-throwing and firebombs by Arabs and tear gas and rubber bullets by police, starkly contrasts with the actions by Jews after the reports of the abduction of Eyal Yifrah, Gilad Shaer and Naftali Fraenkel.

Their parent united Israel in prayers for their safe return, and even after their sons’ bodies were found, the families eulogized the children and did not even hint at revenge. Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon vowed that the killers will be found and tried for their crime, but there was not even a hint of casting all Arabs as terrorists.

The funeral of Khudair gave his family an opportunity to blame “settlers” for his murder even though there is no evidence. If God forbid Jews did kidnap and kill him, there will be a repeat media performance of the reaction to the assassination of then-Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin, when the entire national religious community was blamed for the murder.

Minutes after the assassination, media already were reporting that the murderer, Yigal Amir, was a “settler.” After the damage had been done, it turns out his home was in metropolitan Tel Aviv.

Khudair’s father told TIME magazine Friday,  “The settlers killed my son, they kidnapped him and killed him,”

TIME added, “He reached for his Samsung smartphone, tapped the screen and pulled up a photo of two young men on a sidewalk. He said the image had been taken from a surveillance camera at a candy store around the corner that recorded the abduction. ‘These are the ones who kidnapped my son,’ he said.’”

When asked to describe them, he admitted that they did not wear Kippot, did not wear Tzizit, and did not have beards. His only explanation as to why they are settlers is because they drove to western Jerusalem (the Jerusalem Forest).

The report then jumped to the riots, without any mention that the images of the kidnappers is so blurred that it is impossible to identify them.

About the Author: Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.


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49 Responses to “Arab Mourners ‘Celebrate’ Funeral with Riots instead of Psalms”

  1. Victory yes the Israelis will push you vermin into the sea

  2. Victory yes the Israelis will push you vermin into the sea

  3. Victory yes the Israelis will push you vermin into the sea

  4. I think she knows the killers,that teenager was a gay martyr,they can fool someone else not us

  5. Her cousin is Al sadr one of the most wanted terrorist.

  6. Mike Minoff says:

    That’s the difference between jews and arabs right there

  7. Sub human Nazi scum.

  8. Sub human Nazi scum.

  9. Sub human Nazi scum.

  10. Victory to palestine? Yeah right! Dream on..dead hopes!

  11. Michael Hart says:

    Please go back to the 7th century, or Jordan

  12. Michael Hart says:

    Please go back to the 7th century, or Jordan

  13. Michael Hart says:

    Please go back to the 7th century, or Jordan

  14. Judith Dowla says:

    The get even attitude of human beings no matter where they live.

  15. Judith Dowla says:

    The get even attitude of human beings no matter where they live.

  16. Judith Dowla says:

    The get even attitude of human beings no matter where they live.

  17. John Hanson says:

    the Middle East is full of these animals and they are promising to come here

  18. Adou Abel says:

    Do not dream, palestine will NEVER have victory…!!!

  19. Adou Abel says:

    Do not dream, palestine will NEVER have victory…!!!

  20. Judith Dowla says:

    This is a message based on long time injustice. What do you mean when you are Jewish and Christian when you say do unto others as you would have others do unto you. Remember the story of the Samaritan who was the only one who stopped by to help the injured man; being neither a Jew or a Christian. Wake up Jews and Christians. Do good only. Be a blessings to all you meet. Stop being selective with who you help. You are your brother’s and sister’s keeper no matter who they are. Get up to it and around to it. So be it.

  21. Judith Dowla says:

    Marvin, be a blessing to all you meet.

  22. Judith we are not dealing with humans these people want thet death and destruction of israel leave your glass menagerie and live in the real world I have been to the Middle East over 10 times how many times have you been?

  23. Judith we are not dealing with humans these people want thet death and destruction of israel leave your glass menagerie and live in the real world I have been to the Middle East over 10 times how many times have you been?

  24. Josh Barrack says:

    I hope your death brings death to Palestine.

  25. Josh Barrack says:

    I hope your death brings death to Palestine.

  26. Michael Mark says:

    What a propaganda tool-take your mask off, loose your job afforded to you by Israel and move back to those wonderful conditions you so enjoy under the Palestinian Authority.- how absurd can one get

  27. Michael Mark says:

    What a propaganda tool-take your mask off, loose your job afforded to you by Israel and move back to those wonderful conditions you so enjoy under the Palestinian Authority.- how absurd can one get

  28. Norman Press says:

    Why did you murder one of your own children. Why did you sacrifice a child. Is this the people that want peace? I don’t think so.

  29. He was an honor killing, her son was gay- publicly

  30. Sabrina Heit says:

    To The Mother of the terrorist – I HOPE YOU DIE A MOST PAINFUL DEATH!

  31. we really wish you shall get for yourselve doubble what you wish to us !

  32. Ruth Brackin says:

    Just once, couldn’t the unfeeling muslims have kept quit & let the families bury their sons in peace? As the saying–”what goes around, comes around.” Let God repay. He can do it better.

  33. Ruth Brackin says:

    Just once, couldn’t the unfeeling muslims have kept quit & let the families bury their sons in peace? As the saying–”what goes around, comes around.” Let God repay. He can do it better.

  34. Nomo Doltz says:

    It will bring nothing but more destruction to a screwed up culture not worthy of consideration. Rocks versus automatic rifles = Rifles win.

  35. I hope all these people who throw stones all the time get RSI severly

  36. India or Israel,,different Nations,,different locations but common problems,,these Muslim piglets,,,w should wipe all those as soon as possible.

  37. Cucumbers are long and green. Bring us some news.

  38. Why are they so violent?

  39. Peter Korman says:

    This unfortunate mother will live the rest of her days in misery among the many miserable Arabs who celebrate death instead of cherishing life. May their days be short.

  40. Peter Korman says:

    This unfortunate mother will live the rest of her days in misery among the many miserable Arabs who celebrate death instead of cherishing life. May their days be short.

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