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Brotherhood of Murdered Kin Protest Release of Arab Israelis (VIDEO)

Family members of those murdered by Arab terrorists who may be released will continue crying out for justice to every member of the Israeli government. They hope everyone else will also.
Avraham Bromberg was murdered by Israeli Arabs in 1980 and Guy Friedman was murdered by Israeli Arabs in 1992. Their murderers may be released as part of a much-despised terrorist prisoners release

Avraham Bromberg was murdered by Israeli Arabs in 1980 and Guy Friedman was murdered by Israeli Arabs in 1992. Their murderers may be released as part of a much-despised terrorist prisoners release
Photo Credit: pictures provided by Bromberg and Friedman families

Zichron Yaakov is a picturesque Israeli town near the coast, situated between Haifa and Netanya.  It is one of the oldest settled areas in modern Israel, and its quaint stone-paved streets, combined with wineries and stores displaying local artists’ wares and Israeli fashion makes it a favorite destination.

It is in the town of Zichron Yaakov that two families lived, nearly as neighbors, although they never met each other until common tragedies united them – the first tragedy being when each family lost a member to terrorist murders by Arab Israelis.  And now another tragedy looms: the potential release of those murderers in a political deal with no reciprocity at all from the other side.

In November, 1980 Corporal Avraham Bromberg was 10 minutes outside of Hadera on his way home to Zichron Yaakov, when he took a ride from the wrong Israelis.  These two, Israeli Arabs, members of Fatah, kidnapped Bromberg and later shot him at point blank range.  Then they dumped him out by the side of the road to die.

It took three years, but the Israeli Defense Forces and the Shabak captured Bromberg’s two murderers: Karim and Mahir Younis.  Karim was a student at Ben Gurion University when he was arrested.

The Younis men were brought to trial.  All three judges imposed the death penalty for all three defendants.

But, as Avi Bromberg, the nephew born one year after Avraham’s murder told The Jewish Press, the death penalty has rarely been carried out in Israel’s history. On appeal, the death sentences for Mahir and Karim Younis were commuted to life imprisonment.

But the commutation was not enough for the Younis family, which has been disappointed by Israel’s treatment of Karim and Mahir.  You see, the family hoped that their relatives would be part of the Shalit prisoner exchange.

“My brother has been in jail for 26 years. Even a life sentence has its limits – it’s like that all over the world. It’s only here that we’re treated differently… if this is a democracy than the law should apply to everyone equally,” is what Nadim Younis said at the time the Shalit exchange was first being discussed.

While it is unlikely that anyone in the Israeli government was persuaded by Nadim Younis’s twisted reasoning, perhaps someone had noticed that at least one Israeli was sympathetic to the murdering Younis mishpocha.

Writing in Haartetz in October, 2011, Gideon Levy wrote   movingly about an “Israeli Arab, Karim Younis, who provided transportation to Maher Younis who in turn killed a soldier, has been sitting in jail for 29 years without a single furlough, without a single phone call, even without any reduction in his sentence.” Levy was castigating Israel for only expressing joy at the release of Gilad Shalit and his reunification with his family, yet failing to rejoice with the families in Gaza whose sons were returning home to them.

Speaking with The Jewish Press on Monday, Avi Bromberg revealed something that had not been discussed before.  His uncle, Avraham, and one of the Younis murderers, were in high school together in Hadera.

Avi was speaking by telephone with The Jewish Press while sitting with a brother of another Zichron Yaakov family member who had been murdered by Israeli Arabs – also three cousins from the Arara Valley – ten years after Avi Bromberg’s murder.

NIGHT OF THE PITCHFORKS

When Guy Friedman entered the IDF in 1990, his original unit was with the Navy SEALs, but due to a leg injury he was subsequently transferred to a regular combat unit.  Late in the night of February 14, 1992, as he slept, three Israeli Arabs infiltrated the base near Mt. Carmel at which Friedman’s Nahal unit was conducting training exercises.

The infiltrators used axes and pitchforks to hack to death Friedman and two fellow soldiers, Yakov Duvinsky and Yuri Perda.  This attack shocked Israel both because of the brutality of the murders, but also because the killers were Israeli citizens.  All three were members of the terrorist group Islamic Jihad.

These Arab Israeli murderers, also from the infamous Arara Valley, were tried and convicted.  The judges hearing the trial found all three deserved three consecutive life sentences.

The Friedman family and the Bromberg family, united in a brotherhood of murdered kin they wish they never heard of, desperately hope and pray that Israel does not go back on the words they have held close to their hearts -  in a place where Guy and Avraham can no longer be held-  that their murderers will suffer the consequences of their actions.

On Sunday, July 28, dozens of Israelis rallied in protest against the government’s decision to release the prisoners.  Yaron Friedman explained to The Jewish Press that they fervently oppose the release of the terrorists, especially as “the Arabs are not giving up anything.”

“To release terrorists will only lead to an increase in terrorism, and never to peace,” Friedman said.  Members of the Friedman and Bromberg families were at the Sunday protest. A news clip from the protest is at the end of this article.

“Since the Shalit release, 44 prisoners have been re-arrested. These people were not in prison for violating traffic signals, they are murderers, cold-blooded murderers,” Friedman explained.

It is particularly galling to think that Israeli Arab terrorists will be released, both Friedman and Bromberg explained.  “They use their Israeli IDs and Israeli rights but they don’t care about Israel,” they said.

“We will remain united because we must stop the release of Israeli Arabs.”

Both men and other families of murder victims intend to continue pelting the members of the Israeli government with information and pleas and demands.

“Now is the time to make waves,” Friedman said.  “It is not yet too late, it will not be too late until the prison doors are opened.”

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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2 Responses to “Brotherhood of Murdered Kin Protest Release of Arab Israelis (VIDEO)”

  1. Anonymous says:

    SUGGESTED TEXT. RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG

    He who saves a human life, is if he has saved an entire world.

    I ask you, as an official of the government of Israel, to insist that the Israel Prison Service order careful reconsideration of every case where a convicted murderer is slated to be set free.

    Contrary to those who state that the.
    The "haarachat mesukanut" process of the Israel Prison Service does.
    nor
    apply to the areas under military law.
    ,take the recent.
    case of a Jewish man from.
    a Jewish.
    community
    in Judea,
    also under.
    Israel
    military law, who was convicted of attempted murder and sentenced to 15 years in prision. His appeal for.
    better conditions and.
    early release was turned down by the.
    Israeli
    military, which invoked the results of the "haarachat mesukanut" form for the Israel Prison Service.

    Kindly view this.
    short film FOR THE SAKE OF ALLAH, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Pfe469k-Ps.

    These convicts are motivated killers who have spent the last two decades in a terror training facilit.
    ies,
    which has increased their motivation to kill and to encourage murder.

    All we ask is that the.
    members of the Israeli government and the Israeli Knesset who.

    decided to release these convicted killers to take responsibility for your actions and to take that extra step to save lives: to enforce.

    the standards of the.
    "haarachat mesukanut" of the Israel Prison Service.

    If this process saves one human life, we will have succeeded.

    The Knesset has one more week before the summer recess. This is the time to act.

  2. Anonymous says:

    "Peace talks" preconditioned on Israel releasing over 100 Arab criminals with blood on their hands is repulsive and inhuman. It violates the rights and the dignity of the friends and families of the terrorists' victims. And even more than that, history has shown that when Israel releases terrorists the overwhelming majority of those monsters go back to killing Jews.

    By word and deed, the Arab/Moslems occupying land in and around Israel are not interested in creating a 22nd Arab/ Moslem country. They desire the destruction of the only Jewish state. They hope these "peace talks" will make Israel indefensible so they can complete their war of aggression and conquest. The Arab/Moslems won't be satisfied until they annihilate Israel and exterminate the Jewish people.

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