World Jewish Congress: Suspected revenge murder of Arab teen ‘sullies fundamental Jewish principles’

NEW YORK/JERUSALEM – The World Jewish Congress (WJC) has reacted with shock at the news that the murder of an Arab teenager near Jerusalem last week was probably committed by Jewish extremists who wanted to ‘avenge’ the murder of the three Israeli teens near Hebron in June. Israeli police on Sunday arrested several Jews in connection with the brutal killing of 16-year-old Muhammad Hussein Abu Khdeir. Referring to Jewish extremists in Israel, WJC President Ronald Lauder urged the authorities “to clamp down against this ‘enemy from within’. Nothing can justify such actions. These people pose a serious threat to Israel's democracy.”

Lauder added: “Murder is murder, whether committed by an Arab or a Jew, and whether perpetrated against an Arab or a Jew. Just as we were shocked and disgusted by the murder of Naphtali, Eyal and Gilad, we are horrified by the murder of Muhammad Abu Khdeir. Those who committed this crime must be severely punished and prosecuted to the full extent of the law. They have sullied fundamental Jewish principles.”

The WJC president highlighted the fact that in contrast to many in the Palestinian territories, no Israeli leader was glorifying the murder of the teenager. “Israel does not name streets after terrorists, it does not celebrate criminal acts, and it does not incite people to avenge such acts. What Israel does is arrest the killers and put them behind bars,” said Lauder.

The chairman of the World Jewish Congress-Israel, Shai Hermesh, urged calm. “The last thing we need now is the death of more innocent people. Let’s not forget that Jews and Arabs have no alternative but have to live together in this small land, and let’s make sure that the law is upheld to protect all citizens,” Hermesh said.

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Simon Wiesenthal Center: Murder of Arab Teen an Abomination, Terror Act and Desecration of Jewish Values

Simon Wiesenthal Center: Murder of Arab Teen an Abomination, Terror Act and Desecration of Jewish Values

July 6, 2014

The arrest of multiple Jewish suspects in an apparent revenge abduction of an Arab teenager, in wake of the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teens, “Is nothing less than an abomination and a terror act that is a desecration of Jewish values,” said Rabbis Marvin Hier and Abraham Cooper, founder and dean and associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, in a statement released from the international headquarters of the Jewish Human rights group in Los Angeles.

“There is no justification for this horrific crime. We commend Israeli authorities for finding the perpetrators," they added.

“But this is also the time to point to the fundamental differences between the two crimes. The abduction of the Arab teenager was carried out by extremists, acting on their own, who stand condemned by every sector of Israel's democratic society. The kidnapping and murders of three Israeli teens, who have not yet been captured, was carried out by members of a terrorist group (Hamas) that is part of a Palestinian government,” Hier and Cooper said.

“That is why the Simon Wiesenthal Center reiterates its call to President Obama to make clear to PA President Mahmoud Abbas that he either drops Hamas from the unity government or loses American financial support."

"Which civilized country would ever accept the inclusion of active terrorists in a so-called unity government? It is a dangerous double standard that demands of Israel to accept something that neither the United States nor any member of the UN Security Council, nor any member state of the European Union would ever accept for themselves,” Rabbis Hier and Cooper concluded.

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Palestinian Authority Reactions To Murder Of Jerusalem Palestinian Teen Abu Khdeir: Israel Is Perpetrating Holocaust Against Palestinians

By Memri- Middle East Research Institute
 

Many Palestinian responses to the murder of Jerusalem Palestinian teen Muhammad Abu Khdeir, whose body was found July 2, 2014 following the funerals of the three Jewish Israeli teens murdered by terrorists, claimed that Israel is perpetrating a holocaust against the Palestinians and that the murder is a result of a deliberate policy of racism. Statements such as those made in one article – that Hitler is applauding the racist policy of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu – came primarily from Fatah officials and Palestinian Authority (PA) daily newspapers.

The following are excerpts from some of the reactions in the PA to the murder:

Ahmed Qurei: The Occupation Is Perpetrating A Holocaust Against Our People  

PLO Executive Committee member Ahmed Qurei said during a condolence call to the Abu Khdeir family home: "The holocaust perpetrated by the Nazis is the same holocaust that the occupation is perpetrating against our people. Furthermore: they kidnap children, fight civilians in their homes and houses of prayer, torch fields, and violate human rights in the most despicable manner."[1]

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On right: "The Holocaust"; on left: "Jerusalem" (Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, PA, July 6, 2014)

Al-Hayat Al-Jadida: An Attempt To Ignite A New Anti-Palestinian Holocaust

The PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida also compared Abu Khdeir's murder to the Holocaust, writing in its editorial: "The Holocaust lies heavily on the conscience of humanity to this very day. Almost every country in the world has condemned it and tries to remember it so that it never recurs, and so that human history is not marred by another stain that will turn it into a history of wild beasts rather than human beings.

"However, Israel is trying to emulate [the Holocaust]; with its arrogance and unconstrained brutality, its language of tanks and its racist ideology that includes despicable 'selections,' it constantly incites to kill Palestinians and to hunt them like beasts in order to destroy them everywhere and by every means, both at the hands of [Israel's] military forces and at the hands of the settlers, who have been unleashed [to act] with brutality unrivaled even by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria [ISIS].

"They burned the boy Abu Khdeir alive, retracing the depraved and nauseating path of the Holocaust and revealing their sick nature that leads them to lose all constraint and emulate those who burned their fathers and forefathers [back] when humanity was afflicted by the plague of Nazism.

"What is the world supposed to do now? The free world that spends every moment making righteous claims and condemning the Nazi Holocaust – what is it to do when, in Israel, there are those who want to ignite a new Holocaust against the Palestinians in order to achieve the very same goals that the Nazis aimed to achieve with their racist delusions and fantasies?

"From now on, nobody will be able to say 'my hands are clean of the blood of this Palestinian.' The picture is crystal clear: The murderers burn with hatred, and the victim is a defenseless boy. They kidnapped him and watched as the fire devoured his tender body. They likely screamed with the madness of racism and perhaps enjoyed the smell of roasting human flesh.

"What is the world to do, when the intent of the Israeli right, in its murderous extremism, is perfectly clear? What is it to do, when the priests of racism demand human sacrifices [to slake] their lust for settlement and control?

"Now is the time not just for political and humane words of truth, but for a position that will deter the criminals and put out their fires that are striving to perpetrate another Holocaust, whose destructiveness nobody will escape." [2]

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"Blood vengeance?!!" (Alyyam.ps, July 3, 2014)

Fatah member Bakr Abu Bakr wrote in the PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida that this murder meant that the Nazis had proven to be victorious, and added that Hitler would have applauded the actions and ideology that Abu Bakr attributes to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: "The Zionist propaganda machine cannot falsify the facts and continue to quote the nonsense that the extremist Netanyahu spews again and again, and which is repeated by the new Zionist chorus inside and outside the White House.

"Take for example the empty claim that [Netanyahu] made a few days ago, that they [the Israelis] love life whereas we love death.

"[Netanyahu's] deeds, and previously those of his mentors, prove the opposite, for those who love life cherish the life of every person, and do not distinguish between their own lives, which are considered precious, and the lives of others, which are considered worthless...

"Netanyahu's shocking racism is necessarily combined with inherited anti-humane values that are part of an ideology and culture that excludes the other and advocates the false idea of 'racial purity' and 'the chosen people.' All this confers upon the Nazism of Hitler, which he directed against all his enemies including the Jews of Europe, a resounding victory today. This is in view of Netanyahu's actions, which Hitler is gleefully applauding because [they prove that] his death was not in vain...

"Love of life is an inherent human trait that cannot be taken away from people unless an enemy causes them to despair and crave sacrifice, so that they sacrifice their lives... and gain paradise... for the sake of their homeland, people and ideals. The Palestinians' cries of joy when martyr after martyr is killed do not stem from a love of killing or death, but from a desire to deprive the enemy of a chance to gloat... True, the Palestinians do not fear death – but they do love life. The ones who love death – the death and perdition of others – are those who day after day point their guns at stones, trees and people, those who are occupying our lands – the lands of the goyim"[3]  



[1] Al-Hayat Al-Jadida (PA), July 6, 2014.

[2] Al-Hayat Al-Jadida (PA),  July 6, 2014.

[3] Al-Hayat Al-Jadida (PA),  July 6, 2014.

 

 
 
   
 

                                                                                    

 

 

Statement by Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman

(Communicated on Facebook)

 

Avigdor Liberman (left) with Sebastian Kurz, Austrian FM

The shocking murder of Mohammed Abu Khdeir is beyond being a despicable crime. It also violates the moral basis of the just struggle for our right to live as a free people in a Jewish State in the Land of Israel. Even with the justifiable rage each and every one of us feels from the murders of Gilad Shaer, Naftali Frankel and Eyal Yifrach, as well as the murder of Shelley Dadon, nothing can justify another murder. The murderers should be punished to the full extent of the law.

PM Netanyahu's Remarks in Nof Ayalon

(Communicated by the Prime Minister's Media Adviser)

 

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, today (Sunday, 6 July), made the following remarks in Nof Ayalon:

 

[Transcription]

 

"I am visiting today with my family, the families of Gilad, Naftali and Eyal, who were murdered by Hamas terrorists. I promised their dear families that we will continue to stand by them, even after the days of mourning.

 

We know exactly who kidnapped and murdered Gilad, Naftali and Eyal, and we'll get them. The murderers came from the territory controlled by the Palestinian Authority; they returned to territory controlled by the Palestinian Authority. Therefore, the Palestinian Authority is obliged to do everything in its power to find them, just as we did, just as our security forces located the suspects in the murder of Mohammed Abu Khudair within a matter of days.

 

I would like to send my condolences to the Abu Khudair family. I pledge that the perpetrators of this horrific crime, which must be resolutely condemned in the most forceful language. I pledge that the perpetrators of this horrific crime will face the full weight of the law. I know that in our society, the society of Israel, there is no place for such murderers. And that's the difference between us and our neighbors. They consider murderers to be heroes. They name public squares after them. We don't. We condemn them and we put them on trial and we'll put them in prison.

 

And that's not the only difference. While we put these murderers on trial, in the Palestinian Authority, there is continuous incitement for the destruction of the State of Israel. It's a staple of the official media and the educational system.

 

This is an asymmetrical conflict. We do not seek their destruction; they teach a very broad segment of their society to seek our destruction. And that must end. There is too much suffering. There is too much pain.

 

We do not differentiate between the terrorists and we will respond to all of them, wherever they come from, with a firm hand. We will not allow extremists from wherever they come to ignite the region and shed more blood. Thank you."