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Nickolay Mladenov of Bulgaria, Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process

by Aryeh Savir

Nickolay Mladenov, the United Nations’ Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, said Monday he was “appalled by the horrific murder of 19-year old Ori Ansbacher, by a Palestinian perpetrator in Jerusalem.”


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He conveyed his “deepest condolences to Ori’s family.

“There is no justification for violence and terror. Such brutal acts must be condemned by all,” he added.

Ori Ansbacher, 19, from Tekoa, was murdered by Arafat Arfa’iya, 29, an Arab from Hebron, on Thursday. He was captured by Israeli Special Forces on Friday in an empty building near a mosque in the town of Al Bireh, outside Ramallah.

While the Palestinian Authority (PA) leadership failed to condemn Ansbacher’s murder, they did criticize the Israeli forces for entering the nearby mosque during the search for the terrorist.

PA Minister of Religious Affairs Yusuf Ida’is complained that the Israeli soldiers’ “cowardly attack” on the mosque “under baseless and unacceptable pretexts” lacked “any consideration for its sanctity and its religious and spiritual value,” the Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) reported.

He also failed to condemn or even mention Ansbacher’s brutal death.