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Israeli Leaders Rush to Condemn Arab Boy’s Murder

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

Israeli politicians and leaders from across the political spectrum rushed to unequivocally condemn the murder of 17 year old Mohammed Abu Khdeir. Abu Khdeir was kidnapped Tuesday night in Jerusalem, and his body was found in the Jerusalem forest.

The Media and Arabs were quick to blame rightwing Jews for a “revenge attack”, but there are indications at this point that it may have been an honor killing or related to a clan war.

From Minister Uri Ariel, Jewish Home: (translated)

Uri Ariel @saruriariel The murder Arab boy and burning his body this morning is a despicable act and shocking. I call the police to spare no efforts, to reach the killers fast and bring them to justice

From Nir Barkat, Mayor of Jerusalem:

Nir Barkat ‏@NirBarkat I vigorously condemn barbaric murder of boy in #Jerusalem. I am confident security forces will bring perpetrators to justice.

From Dani Dayan, Yesha Council Foreign Envoy:

Dani Dayan @dandayan More indications that murder of the Shuafat boy is intra-Palestinian criminal affair. It doesn’t matter for the poor boy. Nevertheless

Dani Dayan @dandayan If turns out that we became like them, it is terrible. Just not that.

From Minister Tzipi Livni, HaTnua: (translated)

Tzipi Livni ‏@Tzipi_Livni
Murder of the Arab in Jerusalem. Shocking incident that must be condemned, zero tolerance for it, work to find the killers and bring them to justice.

The Fraenkel family released a statement: (translated)

We do not know the exactly what happened last night in eastern Jerusalem, and the police are investigating. But if it is true a boy was killed for nationalistic reasons, we are talking about a troubling and horrifying act. There is no differentiating between blood and blood, murder is murder, whatever the nationality or age. There’s no justification, no forgiveness, and no redemption for any murder. – Yishai Fraenkel.

Body of Arab Boy Found in Jerusalem Forest

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

The body of an Arab boy (17) from Shuafat, Jerusalem, has been found in the Jerusalem forest on Wednesday morning.

The boy has been identified as Mohammed Abu Khdeir.

Following reports that Abu Khdeir was kidnapped by three men near Beit Haninah on Tuesday night, Jerusalem police began a search for him.

Arabs from Shuafat claim the boy was kidnapped by Jews in a revenge attack, and certain Israeli elements rushed to lay suspicion on Jews for the act.

The area were the kidnapping happened has security cameras installed, and police are reviewing the footage.

There are unconfirmed reports that police have arrested a number of Arab suspects who were found driving in a car matching the description of the kidnapping vehicle, with suspicious items in the car.

Hadas Shteif of Galei Tzahal reports there was a failed attempt last week to kidnap the boy’s 7 year old brother, and this appears to be a fight between clans, and related to family “honor”.

But, if the Arab claim is true, and the boy wasn’t killed in a fight between Shuafat clans or in an honor killing, but by Jews, this act should be condemned in no uncertain terms.

It is the job of the Israeli government and the IDF, and not private individuals, to avenge the kidnapping and murder of Gilad Sha’ar, Eyal Yifrach and Naftali Fraenkel, against the terrorists and guilty parties.

Obviously, if it was a family honor killing it should be condemned too. And this culture of honor killings within Arab society must be eradicated.

At this point though, it does not look like a revenge attack.

The Jerusalem Light Rail will not be running through Shuafat today, for fear of Arab riots and attacks against the train.

The story will be updated as more information becomes available.

Audio of Kidnapping Call Released [audio]

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

The first part of the audio of the phone call made by the kidnapped boys to the police emergency line has been released.

In the audio, from the night of June 12, you can hear one of the boys saying, “They kidnapped me.” After that you hear the kidnappers repeating, “Put your head down.”

The policeman keeps repeating, “Hello”.

You can listen to it here:

It is believed the boys were killed shortly after this phone call was made. The full audio was 2:09 minutes long.

Kidnapped Eyal, Gil-ad and Naftali Found Dead Near Hebron

Monday, June 30th, 2014

The IDF has found the bodies of the the kidnapped boys, Eyal Yifrach (19), Gil-ad Shaar (16) and Naftali Fraenkel (16). May God avenge their blood.

The three boys were kidnapped on June 12 by Hamas terrorists from Hebron.

On Monday evening, IDF troops searching for them, found the bodies near the village of Halhul, which is just north of Hebron and south of Karmei Tzur.

Their bodies were found in shallow graves in a field on Monday afternoon. They were apparently murdered soon after they were kidnapped.

The bodies were found by a volunteer attached to an army unit searching the area. The volunteers were part of the Kfar Etzion Field School, and experts in the topography of the region.

The site where the bodies of the kidnapped boys were found.

The site where the bodies of the kidnapped boys were found.

Last week the Shabak identified Amer Abu Aisha and Marwan Kawasmeh as part of the terror cell that kidnapped the boys.

The terrorists are still at large.

 

Parsha Lesson: Battling Kidnappers and Amalek, Then and Now

Saturday, June 28th, 2014

You learn interesting new things when you visit different towns and Minyanim. Today I learned of a Ramban on Parsha Chukat (the weekly Torah portion that is read in on Shabbat) that I hadn’t seen before, courtesy of Ari Fuld, who gave the Rabbi’s drasha in his neighborhood’s shul.

In Bamidbar 21:1-3 it says,

1:. The Canaanite, King of Arad, who lived in the Negev, heard that Israel had come by way of Attarim, and he waged war against Israel and took from them a captive.

2:. Israel made a vow to the Lord, and said, “If You deliver this people into my hand, I shall consecrate their cities.”

3: The Lord heard Israel’s voice and delivered the Canaanite. He destroyed them and [consecrated] their cities, and he called the place Hormah.

Seemingly the Canaanites attacked Israel, and to Israel’s surprise managed to take a hostage.

Israel then realized something was off, because they shouldn’t have suffered any losses.

So they then pray to God that they should be victorious over this unspecified, enemy nation.

They then destroy the “Canaanites”.

 

The Targum Yonatan Ben Uziel explicitly translates Canaanite in this first sentence as Amalek, in the third sentence he reverts back and calls them Canaanites.

Why is that?

Rashi points out that just a few chapters earlier in Bamidbar 13:29 it say:

29: The Amalekites dwell in the Negev land, while the Hittites, the Jebusites, and the Amorites dwell in the mountainous region. The Canaanites dwell on the coast and alongside the Jordan.”

This king of Arad should have been Amalek, not a Canaanite.

So what’s going on here?

The explanation given is that Amalek believed that Israel could defeat them in battle.

They hoped to confuse Israel and God by changing their clothing and language, pretending to be local Canaanites. Their plan was that Israel would pray to defeat the Canaanites and not Amalek, and thus, by praying for the wrong thing, Israel would lose, and they, Amalek, would end up victorious.

But Israel, after a hostage was taken, quickly realizes that something is off, and that they obviously weren’t fighting the Canaanites like they thought.

So they modified their prayer to be generic towards whichever nation it is they were fighting. And of course, as we know, they won.

As an aside,  the hostage that was taken is believed to have been a foreign maidservant – not even an Israelite. But Israel decided to fight full-force to save one of their own, even a foreign maidservant (an important and relevant lesson for today).

Anyway, after modifying their prayers appropriately, Israel is victorious, as if Amalek were the Canaanites they thought they were originally fighting.

Now here’s the most interesting part:

The Ramban (Nachmanidies) say here about the Canaanite/Amalek:

“They [Amalek] came from a far away land, (specifically) to fight with Israel.”

Doesn’t that sound exactly like another group of people pretending to be indigenous, whose sole goal often appears to be nothing more than to kill or kidnap Jews, and destroy the Jewish state? (The answer is yes).

By the way, the Ramban mentions the maidservant was saved – may we also be zocheh that Eyal Yifrach, Gil-ad Shaar and Naftali Fraenkel be safely saved and returned home.

 

IDF Search Update

Friday, June 27th, 2014

The IDF search for kidnapped boys, Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shear and Naftali Fraenkel continues on.

Overnight the IDF arrested nine Palestinian Unity Government (PUG) suspects, and searched 49 sites and homes in the Hebron area.

The army found handguns and explosives in last night’s search.

In the village of Idna an explosive device was thrown at the soldiers. None were injured.

The government has decided, that, even with Ramadan approaching, the IDF will continue the search unabated.

Last night the IDF released the names of two of the Hamas terrorists believed to have been involved in the kidnapping. They hope this will provide more incentive for the PUG population to turn them in.

Times Square billboard calls to #bringbackourboys

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

(JTA) — An advertisement calling for the return of three kidnapped Israeli teens is running on a digital billboard in Times Square.

“On June 12th, 2014, three teenage boys were kidnapped in Israel, one of them an American citizen,” reads the 40-foot-by-40-foot ad purchased by the Young Israel of the West Side, an Orthodox synagogue in Manhattan. “These boys are not soldiers. They are not fighters. They are not violent. These boys are our sons. Our brothers. Our grandchildren. Our nephews. Our friends. Please help create global awareness.”

The ad airs for 15 seconds twice every hour, which usually costs $15,000, the New York Post reported. The synagogue was mum on the cost of its ad, which appeared for the first time on Tuesday.

The ad displays photos of the abducted teens — Naftali Frenkel, Gilad Shaar and Eyal Yifrach — and the hashtag #bringbackourboys.

Israel said it has proof that the three teens were abducted by the Hamas terrorist group from a junction in Gush Etzion, located south of Jerusalem.

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