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Demonstrations at Prime Minister’s Residence

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

Several hundred people gathered in front of the prime minister’s residence in Jerusalem Wednesday evening to demonstrate over the murders of three Israeli teens and one Arab teen.

The protesters chanted, ‘End the violence and racism,’ and “Don’t let extremists dictate dialogue in Israel.’

Arabs rioted in nearly every Jerusalem neighborhood in which they live on Wednesday, violently destroying Light Rail stops, hurling rocks at Israeli police officers along with ignited fireworks, Molotov cocktails and just about anything else they could get their hands on. They lit tires on fire and sent them whirling into the roads and alleyways, and piled heaps of garbage and trash in the streets, bashing windows of cars they identified as belonging to Jews.

Likewise, Jewish teens demonstrated in other areas, with some chanting “Death to Arabs.” One in downtown Jerusalem attempted to attack an Arab worker at a local restaurant; three others attacked a Bedouin also working in the capital. All were arrested. No injuries were reported in either incident.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu underlined earlier in the day that Israel is a “nation of laws and everyone must act according to the law.” He urged Public Security Minister Yitzchak Aharonovich to push police to work as quickly as possible to find those responsible for the murder of 17 year old Muhammad Hussein Abu Khdeir.

Global Hypocrisy

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

While the kidnapping of Gilad Shaar, Eyal Yifrach and Naftali Fraenkel, barely made the world’s news feeds outside of Israel, and in some cases, global news outlets took days until it was even mentioned, the murder of the Jerusalem Arab boy made headlines within hours on ABC News, BBC News, RT, USA Today, The Guardian, CNN, and other sites.

And to our eyes, apparently only because the news sites suspect the murder was committed by Jews.

Meanwhile, the country is waiting for the police investigation to report back if this was actually a retaliatory attack, or if alternatively, this was an internal family matter, perhaps related to family honor, as others suspect.

Either way, leading Israeli politicians immediately offered their unequivocal condemnations of the murder, whether it was committed by Jews, the boy’s family, or part of a clan war.

Abbas Demands Netanyahu Condemn Arab Boy’s Murder (After Bibi Already Condemned It)

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas took the first opportunity possible Wednesday to call on Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to “condemn the kidnapping and murder [of an Arab youth]… as we condemned those of the three Israelis.”

Except that Mahmoud Abbas took several days to get around to his condemnation, whereas Prime Minister Netanyahu had already condemned the murder of young Muhammad Hussein Abu Khdeir, 17, by the time Abbas was demanding that he do so.

The entire Israeli leadership, in fact, rushed to unequivocally condemn the murder, from one end of the political spectrum to the other. That, despite the fact there were quiet indications by sources that requested anonymity the killing might be connected to a blood feud, a clan war or an “honor killing.”

Nor is Abbas doing anything on his own to discourage the violence of Jerusalem Arabs, who are rioting in every neighborhood in which they live.

The young Arab teen is believed to have been kidnapped from the northern Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Hanina overnight Tuesday. His parents called police to report him missing at about 4:00 a.m. and his body was allegedly found in the Jerusalem forest about an hour later, at 5:00 a.m., burnt and showing other signs of violence.

The efforts by Abbas to compare the murder to the kidnapping and subsequent murder by Hamas terrorists of three Israeli teens from Gush Etzion on June 12 was obvious, as was his attempt to place the blame for the killing at the doorstep of Israeli Jews, as a “revenge attack.”

Equally clear was his determination to seek a way to halt the IDF’s continued Operation Brother’s Keeper as soldiers proceed with the intensified search for the murderers of the boys, whose bodies were laid to rest Tuesday in the Modi’in cemetery.

Abbas blamed Israel for the death of the young Arab teen, the Bethlehem-based Ma’an news agency reported. He said in his statement to the WAFA news service that Israel should “take real measures” to “stop all revenge attacks.”

But Netanyahu had already referred to the killing as a “despicable murder” in public statements at the start of the day. The prime minister also spoke with Public Security Minister Yitzchak Aharonovich, urging him to get police moving to track down Muhammad Hussein Abu Khdeir’s killers.

The family of Naftali Frenkel, one of the murdered Israeli teens, meanwhile, told reporters Wednesday morning there was no difference between Arab and Jewish blood.

“If the Arab youth was murdered for nationalistic reasons then this is a horrible and horrendous thing. There is no difference between [Arab] blood and [Jewish] blood,” said Yishai Frenkel, uncle of the young terrror victim. “Murder is murder. There is no forgiveness and no justification for any form of murder,” he said.

However, there are many issues that are not yet clear.

It is still not known, for instance, whether in fact the two incidents are related, according to police officials. The prime minister called on security agencies to work swiftly to track down the perpetrators and identify their motives — but Abbas has obviously ignored his words.

Netanyahu also called on all sides not to take the law into their own hands, warning that Israel is “a nation of laws and everyone must act according to the law.”

Moreover, reports have surfaced of an Arab teen who was allegedly forced into a car in Shuafat late Tuesday night. It is not yet clear who was behind the kidnapping, nor whether the teen mentioned in the report is Muhammad, or someone else.

Nor has the body that was found in the Jerusalem forest definitely been identified as that of Muhammad Hussein Abu Khdeir. It may belong to someone else. All these issues have yet to be clarified.

Arab Girl Stabbed to Death

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

An Arab girl, Omaima Jaradat (15), was stabbed to death by her uncle in the village Kfar Sair, just north of Hebron, according to HNN.

Security forces are investigating the reason for the murder.

EU Condemns Boys’ Murders But Urges ‘Restraint of All Parties’

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, who dragged her heels interminably on issuing a condemnation when three Israeli teens were kidnapped by Arab terrorists 19 days ago in Gush Etzion, hurried to condemn their murders after their bodies were found together in a field located in Halhul, an Arab village smack in the middle of the Palestinian Authority.

The connection was inescapable – this crime was committed by Palestinian Authority Arab terrorists, with the cooperation and collaboration of PA Arab villagers.

“We learned with profound sorrow that the bodies of the three Israeli youths who were kidnapped on 12 June in the West Bank were found on 30 June near Hebron,” read the statement released by Ashton’s representative on Tuesday. “We condemn in the strongest terms their killing. We express our sincere condolences to their families and friends and share their grief. We trust the perpetrators of this barbaric act will swiftly be brought to justice.”

Nevertheless, Ashton could not stop herself from reminding Israel to exercise caution when dealing with the PA.

“We call for restraint of all parties concerned in order not to further aggravate the fragile situation on the ground,” the statement concluded.

Ya’alon, Lapid Vow Operation Brother’s Keeper to Continue

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

Government leaders are promising the nation that Operation Brother’s Keeper will not end until the killers of three innocent Israeli teens are tracked down and brought to justice.

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon promised to track down the killers of Eyal Yifrach, 19, Naftali Frenkel, 16 and Gilad Sha’ar, 16 – and to punish Hamas for the crime.

“We view Hamas as being responsible for the murders,” Ya’alon told reporters Tuesday morning, “and we know how to settle accounts with them.” The defense minister made it clear that Operation Brother’s Keeper will continue until the boys’ killers were found.

“We will continue to hunt down the boys’ murderers and we will not rest nor remain silent until we get our hands on them,” he promised.

Ya’alon said in a message to the boys’ families that “the heavy sorrow which envelops you envelops the entire nation” but praised their strength during the two and a half week ordeal that preceded the discovery of their sons’ bodies. It was that, he said, that allowed the IDF, the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) and the Israel Police “the strength to continue to search to its bitter end.”

The defense minister likewise praised the security forces who didn’t rest until they found the boys, noting their “impressive demonstration of cooperation and sense of mission.”

Yesh Atid chairman and Finance Minister Yair Lapid also vowed Tuesday morning that Operation Brother’s Keeper will continue until the terrorists who murdered the teens are caught — and he was similarly supportive of the families and the security forces.

Lapid said openly that it broke his heart when he heard the teens’ bodies were found Monday evening.

“I want to send a warm embrace to their families and promise them that we will continue to hunt down those responsible for this crime,” he said.

“Hamas is responsible, and Hamas will pay a heavy price,” he vowed – like Ya’alon, echoing the statement made Monday night by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu at an emergency meeting of the security cabinet.

“We will continue to act with determination until we find these murderers. This is our responsibility, to act against anyone who tries to harm the safety of our children.”

Early Tuesday, IDF soldiers raided the homes of the two Hamas terrorists identified as the prime suspects in the kidnapping and murders of the boys – Marwan Qawasmeh and Amer Abu Aisha – both of whom remain at large and are ‘veterans’ of the Israeli prison system.

Both also have a history of praying together at the same mosque, and since they are residents of Hevron in the Beit Khalil region it has now been sealed off for an intensified search effort around the area.

White House Condemns Murders of Eyal, Naftali, Gilad

Monday, June 30th, 2014

The White House issued a careful statement Monday evening in response to the discovery of the bodies of Eyal Yifrach, 19, Naftali Frenkel, 16 and Gilad Sha’ar, 16.

The three Israeli teens were kidnapped on June 12 while on their way home from school and murdered by Arab terrorists.

“We condemn in the strongest possible terms violence that takes the lives of innocent civilians,” Press Secretary Josh Earnest said, in response to the news that the bodies of the missing teens had been found.

Naftali Frenkel is also a citizen of the United States.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/white-house-condemns-murders-of-eyal-naftali-gilad/2014/06/30/

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