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Canada Condemns PA Terror Kidnapping, But Obama’s Silent

Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah faction told shopkeepers on Facebook to destroy security film to foil Israeli efforts to rescue the boys.
Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird.

Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird.
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Canada has firmly condemned last week’s Palestinian Authority terrorist kidnapping  of three teenage boys but U.S. President Barack Obama has yet to say a word about the attack — even though one of the hostages is an American citizen.

The boys are students at the Makor Chaim yeshiva high school at Kfar Etzion in Gush Etzion. They were apparently abducted somewhere near the Judean town of Alon Shevut, about 15 minutes south of Jerusalem.

Palestinian Authority Unity Government Arabs starting passing out candies and other sweets in the streets of Judea, Samaria and Gaza, to celebrate the attack after hearing about the kidnapping.

Palestinian Unity Government Arabs celebrate the kidnapping of 3 Jewish boys.

Palestinian Unity Government Arabs in Gaza celebrate the kidnapping of 3 Jewish boys.

Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird issued the statement Saturday night, strongly condemning the kidnapping and reminding the PA in no uncertain terms that its paramilitary forces were trained, equipped and armed by Canada and the U.S.

“Canada is deeply concerned by reports that three Israeli teenagers may have been kidnapped in the West Bank and condemns those aiming to instigate conflict.

“We urge the Palestinian security authorities, who have been trained through Canadian and U.S. leadership, to make every effort to investigate this incident and work diligently to ensure the safe return of these children to their families.

“We call for the immediate release of the three Israeli teenagers. Whoever has taken this action must be found and brought to justice,” Baird said.

While Canada was unequivocal in its public condemnation of the terror attack on the three innocent teens, Israel’s “best friend” — the United States — has remained silent on the issue. The White House has made no public statement whatsoever, and the State Department restricted itself to a phone conversation between U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Prime Minister Netanyahu.

Following is the transcript of the terse dialogue that took place between reporters and the State Department spokesperson as journalists tried to make sense of United States actions in the wake of the terrorist attack on the three boys Thursday night, especially given that one of kidnapped teens was an American citizen.

QUESTION: And last one, and this is in the Middle East. There’s reports coming out of the West Bank that there’s – three teens were kidnapped, and one of them is an American citizen. Do you have anything on that?

MS. HARF: We are aware – of course seen the reports, are very concerned for their well-being. The Secretary a short while ago expressed his concern in a meeting with Tzipi Livni in London and also has spoken with President Abbas this morning about it as well.

We are working with the Government of Israel and with the Palestinian Authority to try to ensure the situation is resolved quickly, and that the three teenagers are safely reunited with their families. I can’t confirm citizenship at this point.

QUESTION: Okay.

QUESTION: Did you – the Israelis say that the Palestinian Authority has – is responsible for their –

MS. HARF: I don’t have a readout of those conversations.

QUESTION: No, no, no. I understand that, but the Israelis are holding – say that the PA is responsible for their – these – the safety of these three teenagers.

MS. HARF: Well –

QUESTION: Do you share that?

MS. HARF: What we know is the Israelis and the Palestinian Authority are working closely together on efforts to find the three teenagers and to hopefully bring a quick resolution to the matter, and of course giving this cooperation our full encouragement.

QUESTION: But you don’t think that the PA –

MS. HARF: I don’t have more. I don’t have anything more on this, Matt.

QUESTION: Okay, all right. The Israelis also say that they told Ambassador Shapiro, right?

MS. HARF: Yes, Ambassador Shapiro.

QUESTION: Ambassador Shapiro, yes – about the one who has American citizenship. Can you confirm if there was a conversation between him and the Israelis about one of the three, regardless of whether you can confirm –

MS. HARF: I’m sure Ambassador Shapiro has been in contact on this.

QUESTION: All right.

For the record, the Fatah faction led by Mahmoud Abbas — who heads the Palestinian Authority Unity Government — has called on shopkeepers in Judea and Samaria via its official Facebook page to destroy their CCTV security camera footage in order to sabotage the IDF’s efforts to rescue the kidnapped teenagers and hunt down the terrorists who attacked them.

If the United States believes that handing out sweets to celebrate the kidnapping of Jewish children by terrorists and destroying security film footage to foil their rescue is evidence of how the new Palestinian Authority Unity Government “works closely together” with the Israeli government to find and rescue the kidnapped teens,  there’s a bridge for sale in Brooklyn. At a bargain price.

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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173 Responses to “Canada Condemns PA Terror Kidnapping, But Obama’s Silent”

  1. Why Obama silent? because he is with the terrorists !!!

  2. Of course he is. He is an antisemitic ass with antiquated racist notions and blind hatred. I can’t wait until he is out of the White House. His actions speak volumes. The past will not repeat itself. Not again–not ever. Shane on you Mr. President

  3. Faleen Fedol says:

    I think many of us here have reached the point where we didn’t expect anything positive out of DC and if DC decided to make comment it would certainly have strings attached.

  4. Faleen Fedol says:

    Thank you Canada for siding for what is right in the world.

  5. Hey USA coming down recpatable because not direction

  6. Hey USA coming down recpatable because not direction

  7. Hey USA coming down recpatable because not direction

  8. Hey USA coming down recpatable because not direction

  9. Gary Gien says:

    They should say Husain is silent

  10. Gary Gien says:

    They should say Husain is silent

  11. Gary Gien says:

    They should say Husain is silent

  12. Beth S Brock says:

    Thank you Canada.

  13. Beth S Brock says:

    Thank you Canada.

  14. Oh course Obama is silent he uses US dollars to support such groups.

  15. Rachel Topaz says:

    We have a muslim president, why would he condemn what his brothers do. Disgusting excuse for a president. Thank you Canada!!

  16. Dani Katz says:

    Hope my American friends are aware of this! Where is your President? Oh forgot, he is out playing golf with his buddies!

  17. I rest my case Josh. Shame shame

  18. I rest my case Josh. Shame shame

  19. I rest my case Josh. Shame shame

  20. I rest my case Josh. Shame shame

  21. I rest my case Josh. Shame shame

  22. shame on our President for not making a statement condeming the kidnapping.

  23. Obama is nothing more than an embarrassment to the American people! He acts like a reckless frat boy on spring break

  24. Obama is nothing more than an embarrassment to the American people! He acts like a reckless frat boy on spring break

  25. Obama is nothing more than an embarrassment to the American people! He acts like a reckless frat boy on spring break

  26. George Helon says:

    Guess there is no oil involved!

  27. Irene Toner says:

    Thank you, Canada! Shame on you, Obama!

  28. Tommy Formol says:

    I do not want me regain afip (administration of federal gross income) saying I’m a threat, because in real life, I do not threaten anyone, and people want me in my country, my anger is not against the people exactly against them, and the powerful of the world, because they used to me and rob me.

  29. Tommy Formol says:

    I do not want me regain afip (administration of federal gross income) saying I’m a threat, because in real life, I do not threaten anyone, and people want me in my country, my anger is not against the people exactly against them, and the powerful of the world, because they used to me and rob me.

  30. Tommy Formol says:

    I do not want me regain afip (administration of federal gross income) saying I’m a threat, because in real life, I do not threaten anyone, and people want me in my country, my anger is not against the people exactly against them, and the powerful of the world, because they used to me and rob me.

  31. Tommy Formol says:

    I do not want me regain afip (administration of federal gross income) saying I’m a threat, because in real life, I do not threaten anyone, and people want me in my country, my anger is not against the people exactly against them, and the powerful of the world, because they used to me and rob me.

  32. Gene Strong says:

    Obama is a Islamic supporter and conspirator with terrorists…

  33. Gene Strong says:

    Obama is a Islamic supporter and conspirator with terrorists…

  34. Gene Strong says:

    Obama is a Islamic supporter and conspirator with terrorists…

  35. Gene Strong says:

    Obama is a Islamic supporter and conspirator with terrorists…

  36. Gene Strong says:

    Obama is a Islamic supporter and conspirator with terrorists…

  37. Obama is scared, and cowardly when it comes to defending the oppressed, but he will answer for all his cowardly actions to our Father, the only Judgement that counts!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I commend Canada for their courage!!!!!!!!!!!

  38. Obama thinks he is a king. He has forgotten he is an elected public official. As one of the people, I want him to speak out against Anti-Semitism and terrorism. BUT OBAMA’S actions speak louder than words. He sides with murdering terrorists.

  39. Obama thinks he is a king. He has forgotten he is an elected public official. As one of the people, I want him to speak out against Anti-Semitism and terrorism. BUT OBAMA’S actions speak louder than words. He sides with murdering terrorists.

  40. Obama thinks he is a king. He has forgotten he is an elected public official. As one of the people, I want him to speak out against Anti-Semitism and terrorism. BUT OBAMA’S actions speak louder than words. He sides with murdering terrorists.

  41. Obama thinks he is a king. He has forgotten he is an elected public official. As one of the people, I want him to speak out against Anti-Semitism and terrorism. BUT OBAMA’S actions speak louder than words. He sides with murdering terrorists.

  42. Obama thinks he is a king. He has forgotten he is an elected public official. As one of the people, I want him to speak out against Anti-Semitism and terrorism. BUT OBAMA’S actions speak louder than words. He sides with murdering terrorists.

  43. What can we except from Obama ? He didn’t read the paper yet or watching news

  44. Canada needs to be commended for speaking out against the kidnapping of these young innocent teens.

  45. Canada needs to be commended for speaking out against the kidnapping of these young innocent teens.

  46. Canada needs to be commended for speaking out against the kidnapping of these young innocent teens.

  47. Canada needs to be commended for speaking out against the kidnapping of these young innocent teens.

  48. Canada needs to be commended for speaking out against the kidnapping of these young innocent teens.

  49. Oh he probably hasn’t read it in the paper yet…he’s been busy playing golf!

  50. Oh he probably hasn’t read it in the paper yet…he’s been busy playing golf!

  51. Oh he probably hasn’t read it in the paper yet…he’s been busy playing golf!

  52. That is because king obama is an Anti-American JERK. We The United States is becoming a joke in the world for what he is not doing, and all of his brainless, blind followers would lose there soul for this idiot.

  53. someone is making this kidnapping a political stage, find the kids and stop making noise!!

  54. Shame on the state department and this president. Thank you Canada.

  55. Because Obama is a pos

  56. Cynthia says:

    I’m no longer an Obama supporter, but I’m curious to know why so many American Jews voted for him.

  57. What did you expect out of our so called leaders in D.C.?

  58. Hmm you don’t suppose it has anything to do with the pres. Being a terrorist sympathizers make me so mad. I didn’t vote for him

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