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US Condemns Abduction and Murder of Arab Teen

Kerry noted that "a number of Israeli and Palestinian officials" have condemned the murder. He also pointed out that Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu "has been emphatic in calling for all sides 'not to take the law into their own hands.'"

Palestinian Arabs clash with Israeli border police in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Shuafat, following the reports of the body of an Arab teen who was found killed in the Jerusalem forest. July 02, 2014.

Palestinian Arabs clash with Israeli border police in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Shuafat, following the reports of the body of an Arab teen who was found killed in the Jerusalem forest. July 02, 2014.
Photo Credit: Hadas Parush/FLASH90

The U.S. government responded swiftly to the news of the murder of an Arab teenager, calling the act “despicable and senseless.”

On Tuesday, July 1, the dead body of Muhammad Hussein Abu Khdeir was found in a heavily wooded area of Jerusalem.

Abu Khdeir, who has been described as either 16, 17 or 18 years old, had been allegedly pushed into a car at 3:30 in the morning in a neighborhood in Jerusalem. He was reportedly waiting there for friends who had gone off to buy food.

It is now the Muslim holiday of Ramadan, and observant Muslims eat large meals before daybreak as they will be fasting all day until nightfall.

Some media outlets and social media activists immediately blamed Israelis, or even, specifically,”settlers” for the death and described it as a revenge killing in response to the murder of the kidnapped Israeli teenagers Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaar and Naftali Frenkel, or at least reported that was what was believed to have happened. Mahmoud Abbas, the acting leader of the Palestinian Authority, was quoted as not only blaming Israeli “settlers,” but accused them of “killing and burning a little boy.”

Others more slowly have been reporting that the murder may have been either a rivalry killing by one faction of Arabs against another, or an honor killing for shame the boy allegedly brought on his family. Israeli authorities condemned the murder swiftly and resolutely, and asked all citizens to respect the rule of law and, further, to do everything possible to contribute to bringing the perpetrators of the crime to justice.

Secretary of State John Kerry used engaged, emotional language to describe his response to this murder, saying it was “sickening” that “an innocent 17 year old boy” was “snatched off the streets” and that “his life [was] stolen.”

Kerry noted that “a number of Israeli and Palestinian officials” have condemned the murder. He also pointed out that Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu “has been emphatic in calling for all sides ‘not to take the law into their own hands.’” The two paragraph statement ended with the standard trope of calling on both Arabs and Israelis to prevent further acts of violence. Kerry urged officials on both sides to protect the innocent and respond to violence “with reasonableness and restraint, not recrimination and retribution.”

The full statement follows:

The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms the despicable and senseless abduction and murder of Muhammad Hussein Abu Khdeir. It is sickening to think of an innocent 17 year old boy snatched off the streets and his life stolen from him and his family. There are no words to convey adequately our condolences to the Palestinian people.

The authorities are investigating this tragedy, a number of Israeli and Palestinian officials have condemned it, and Prime Minister Netanyahu has been emphatic in calling for all sides “not to take the law into their own hands”. Those who undertake acts of vengeance only destabilize an already explosive and emotional situation. We look to both the Government of Israel and the Palestinian Authority to take all necessary steps to prevent acts of violence and bring their perpetrators to justice. The world has too often learned the hard way that violence only leads to more violence and at this tense and dangerous moment, all parties must do everything in their power to protect the innocent and act with reasonableness and restraint, not recrimination and retribution.

About the Author: Lori Lowenthal Marcus is the US correspondent for The Jewish Press. She is a recovered lawyer who previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools.


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65 Responses to “US Condemns Abduction and Murder of Arab Teen”

  1. wow that was quicker than they condemned the kidnapping of our 3 boys…and the investigation did not confirm anything yet as to who did it and why…

  2. An official has already stated that this guy’s family has a long history of internal problems and run-ins with the police. He has said quite clearly that there’s no reason to assume his death has anything to do with Israel or revenge.

  3. are they regretting this false conclusions?arabs protesting in favor of a killed gay in the picture

  4. USA govertm is crazy, now

  5. I knew this was bound to happen tit for tat Northern Ireland all over again,those three poor young men would probably not have wanted this retaliation killing a young man and making more people sad and then more and more people young and old Jews and Arabs going to early graves.

  6. I never believed that the US have such double standards. How quick they have been to condemn the terrible murder the the arab boy, but hey, took time to condemn the kidnap and then the murder of the Israeli boys, and Blanky Moon still had the cheek
    To say “alledged kidnapp”. Egg on your face Blanky??????? Big disappointment USA and UN

  7. There are reports the Arab was killed by his parents because he was gay. Nothing to do with Israeli’s or revenge. This seems like a hamas propaganda stunt to harm Israel. Its working. The world had a bit of sympathy for Israel, that is until hamas put this propaganda out.

  8. There are reports the Arab was killed by his parents because he was gay. Nothing to do with Israeli’s or revenge. This seems like a hamas propaganda stunt to harm Israel. Its working. The world had a bit of sympathy for Israel, that is until hamas put this propaganda out.

  9. Hey Nazi scumbag, go shoot yourself.

  10. Do you have a source or 2 of this claim? I have read posts about this but am not finding an actual source for the story. toda!

  11. Do you have a source or 2 of this claim? I have read posts about this but am not finding an actual source for the story. toda!

  12. Wow! Atta Boy USA! That was super fast to condemn even there is no proof who’s responsible for killing the Arab teen.

  13. I just read posts too. Trying to get sources pinned down. But I believe its true. I put nothing beyond the Arab terrorists. I do believe however, that even if its true he was murdered by ‘ jews’, I won’t lose sleep over it.

  14. Mary Hance says:

    wow,look how fast our govt condems the killin of 1 arab tean,but hardly said a thing when our Israeli boys were kidnapped and killed

  15. Which law? Israel has a set of law, Islam has a different set, Islam recognizes only it’s own

  16. It looks like the United States also has several sets of law.

  17. It looks like the United States also has several sets of law.

  18. Barak HUSIEN Obama never condemned the killing of three Jewish boys maybe its because he is a Muslim

  19. Notice how quickly they did this……..

  20. Uzi Kattan says:

    The Arabs did it. Where was the outrage at the Jewish teens and police officer murdered?

  21. Tragedy is supposed to be equal, but the news of the Arab boy wa sout there

  22. Ina Ina says:

    where US was for 2 weeks when kids was kidnapped?????

  23. Them Arabs would kill their own mother if they thought it would get them some attention .

  24. It’s funny how the USA jumps on the one boy but yet three are killed and one even an American and it takes over a week just sad and we don’t even know if it was revenge or not

  25. It’s funny how the USA jumps on the one boy but yet three are killed and one even an American and it takes over a week just sad and we don’t even know if it was revenge or not

  26. Why don’t the USA take care of the killings in its own streets before they think they have the right to judge others

  27. it was an honour killing by his people because he was homosexual https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=1432860856987713

  28. So you wave your three fingers at us You laugh & dance in the streets showing complete disrespect to the mourning families and now that you have found an Arab murdered Israel is supposed to do something about it or show respect . I will go as far as saying what makes you think that it was not one of your own who kidnapped the Arab person & Murdered Him . Or better yet you would expect the Jewish people of Israel to show you one finger & laugh in your Faces . Your People had their Fun they Kidnapped three of our Boys and murdered them in cold blood & do you turn over those that are guilty of their abduction & murder no you laugh at us waving your three fingers big difference between you & the Jewish state of Israel ,we refuse to allow ourselves to be lowered to your Hatred & your intellectual level ..

  29. I think its just an Arab set up, they now want ro show again now victimized they are.. they are good liars..gotta give em that.. thats in their religious teachings also

  30. **** you American administration

  31. Disgraceful action by our President who failed to even acknowledge the kidnapping of our three Jewish boys until their murder was discovered weeks later! Now he and the rest of the World are quick to condemn and blame Israel! I am so ashamed of the attitude of President Obama!

  32. Suzy Baim says:

    obama was voted worst president, he’s not sure if the boys were kidnapped. But he’s sure of this, which is not proven to be an Israeli abductor, but might be a palestinian stage

  33. Peter Resz says:

    Was the US response this harsh regarding the murder of threee jewish Children?????

  34. israel does not kidnap and murder children a palestinian ploy to blame israel even his family does not believe it was done by israelis

  35. Lisa Kamins says:

    it was an honor killing, he was murdered because he was gay: https://www.facebook.com/Live.News.Israel/posts/904633842883918

  36. I didn’t hear Obama condemning the murders of three Jewish boys.How does he know how and by who he was murdered?

  37. Diane Hudson says:

    It is not the US people but the government which is saying this.

  38. Diane Hudson says:

    It is not the US people but the government which is saying this.

  39. Where were the 2 bozo’s when the Israeli boys were kidnaped and murdered. Nowhere.they did not care. Now they seem to care. And are pushing there egos to get what the want the end of Israel.

  40. Where were the 2 bozo’s when the Israeli boys were kidnaped and murdered. Nowhere.they did not care. Now they seem to care. And are pushing there egos to get what the want the end of Israel.

  41. Those are not Americans those are arabs

  42. Is everybody sure that he was killed by Israelis? Arabs have no problem murdering one of their own to create a distracting propaganda and attract world’s compassion, as they always do, even when they commit the most heinous crimes, such as murdering unarmed Israeli civilians and kindergarten children with their Kassam rockets. Even if it were so, Israeli security will surely find those responsible and take them to trial, unlike Arabs, but that should not deter Israely army from continuinf with their policy of search and destroy Hamas, to free us all of that scum. Go, go, go, Israel!

  43. Is everybody sure that he was killed by Israelis? Arabs have no problem murdering one of their own to create a distracting propaganda and attract world’s compassion, as they always do, even when they commit the most heinous crimes, such as murdering unarmed Israeli civilians and kindergarten children with their Kassam rockets. Even if it were so, Israeli security will surely find those responsible and take them to trial, unlike Arabs, but that should not deter Israely army from continuinf with their policy of search and destroy Hamas, to free us all of that scum. Go, go, go, Israel!

  44. Let’s see, the Israeli government want Jews to respect the rule of law, but not the Arabs? How long do you think that’s going to last? Does not the Old Testament call for an eye for an eye?

  45. Let’s see, the Israeli government want Jews to respect the rule of law, but not the Arabs? How long do you think that’s going to last? Does not the Old Testament call for an eye for an eye?

  46. How come , the Us did not condemmed the abdudction of the three boys whom they killed ?

  47. Loren Renee says:

    It was an honor killing- they suspected the boy was gay.

  48. yes,important to wait till the investigation is complete.

  49. I’d heard that, Loren. But as far as I’m aware, nothing has been verified yet as to motive.

  50. I bet arabs killed the arab teen to blame it on Israel

  51. I don’t condone this but isn’t interesting how the arabs react….like it was for no reason…. these people are nuts..

  52. Oren Meldung says:

    and the PA/Hamas has yet to condemn the 3 murders… does no one see an issue with this?

  53. Marcy Pollak says:

    Just out of curiosity…How long did it take the US to condemn the abduction of the three Israeli teenagers? I really want’ think about that then.

  54. Killed by his own for being gay.

  55. Hamas would kill a thousand of their own in order to hurt Israel.

  56. Lloyd Thomas says:

    IN GOD WE TRUST

  57. Lloyd Thomas says:

    RESPECT THE RULE OF LAW AS REQUESTED OUR ALLY IS MOURNING

  58. C.a. Bryson says:

    What about the 3 Jewish boys?

  59. Quick reaction. I wish there was the same responds when our boys were killed.

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