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FM Liberman speaking to the media outside the weekly government meeting in Jerusalem, Dec. 16, 2012.
Foreign Minister Liberman speaking to the media.

Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman rebuked the U.S. and Europe after their calls for a “thorough” investigation of the deaths of two Palestinian Authority Arabs in Nakba Day riots last week.

The two Arab teens were killed on May 15, allegedly by IDF soldiers, during violence outside the Ofer Prison, located next to the PA capital of Ramallah in Samaria.

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“”We don’t need an American request to investigate the subject,” Liberman told reporters Wednesday while visiting Samaria’s Ariel University. “I reject any request and the hypocrisy we see worldwide.”

U.S. State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki called for a “prompt and transparent” investigation in response to a reporter’s question during a briefing on Capitol Hill.

European Union missions in the Palestinian Authority capital of Ramallah and in Jerusalem made similar statements. “We reiterate the need for security forces, whether Israeli or Palestinian, to refrain from the use of lethal force, except in cases where there is a real and imminent threat to life,” they said.

In response, Liberman pointed out that the Israeli army is the “most moral” military force in the world.

“I am saddened these demands don’t come up in other cases,” he commented. “In Syria around 170,000 people have been killed and I didn’t see any act or request from the international community to investigate those murders. Hamas executed two men in Gaza after accusing them of spying for Israel, both without a lawyer or fair trial. I didn’t see any request to investigate that [either],” he added.

As Liberman has pointed out, the video footage that has made the rounds was posted after several days and may have been edited, as such videos often are. Leftists groups with an agenda hoping to incriminate Israel often show only part of an incident, or judiciously edit the footage to falsify the information altogether, as in the Al Dura case.

At the end of the day, regardless of the outcome, one must ask the question:

Why were these two young men there in the first place, during a violent Nakba Day riot at Ofer Prison?

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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.

11 COMMENTS

  1. Have the US and EU leaders demanded an Investigation into the deaths of 118 nigerian deaths this week? or the those in China, or Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan,in Mali, Somalia,or right here on our door step in Europe,,Where Russian forces are slowly invading and killing Ukrainians?
    Israel has the capacity to investigate ,as they have done in the past.
    But the recent “shooting” that were captured onfilm ,,appear to be yet just another PALLYWOOD production. orchistrated by the same “Producers”,,,with the same amature team of really bad actors.

  2. “I am saddened these demands don’t come up in other cases,” he commented. “In Syria around 170,000 people have been killed and I didn’t see any act or request from the international community to investigate those murders. Hamas executed two men in Gaza after accusing them of spying for Israel, both without a lawyer or fair trial. I didn’t see any request to investigate that [either],”,,

    And yet theere is a Devestating silence from the International Community regarding the Syrian Massacre.

  3. I feel for the families loss of these two teenage boys, yet, I find it appalling that our government would try to tell the Foreign Minister what to do, and it does nothing much for Pastor Saeed Abedini who has been continuously mistreated and imprisoned or that they do nothing for our Marine, who is jailed in Mexico just because he couldn’t turn around after crossing the border.

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