Frankel Family on Murdered Arab Youth: We all Bleed the Same


rachel-frnakel-unAs reported yesterday morning, Arabs in east Jerusalem rioted and clashed with police in several locations on Wednesday in the wake of the early-morning discovery of the burned body of an 16-year-old Arab youth in a Jerusalem forest.

Mohammed Abu Khader, 17, was a resident of the city’s northern Shuafat neighborhood.

While much media speculation suggested the killing was a Jewish revenge attack “We still don’t know whether it’s a nationalistic or criminal murder,” Israel Police Spokesman Rosenfeld said.

The violence comes a day after slain Israeli teens Naftali Frankel, Eyal Yifrach, and Gilad Shaar were laid to rest together on Tuesday, at a emotional funeral attended by thousands of Israelis.

The Frankel family expressed shock and horror over the death of the Arab youth, in a statement released to the press.

“We don’t know what happened last night in east Jerusalem, and the police are investigating. However, if, in fact, an Arab youth was killed for nationalistic reasons, then we’re talking about an awful and shocking deed,” the statement read.

“There is no difference between blood and blood,” according to the statement, which was published in Israel’s Ma’ariv daily. “Murder is murder, whatever the nationality and age. There is no justification, nor forgiving, and no atonement for any murder.”

“Police forensics teams are examining the body in the forest to search for evidence of who may have done this,” Rosenfeld told reporters.

Some speculated on Facebook that the youth may have been killed for impugning family honor or over intra-family rivalries.

A retired local police official familiar with the family in question told Israel National News that “it’s a problematic family with internal clashes that have been ongoing for many years.

“I have no doubt that as time passes it will be clarified that the murder was criminal and nothing more,” he said.

The youth’s family called police when an eyewitness reported seeing several individuals force the youth into a vehicle near adjacent Beit Hanina, while on his way to morning prayers at a local mosque.

Later in the day, rioters hurled several pipe bombs, fire bombs and stones at police, Israel Radio said; rioters also torched ticket machines at at least two light rail stops which pass through the neighborhood.

CityPass, which operates the system, cut train service to the affected area.

An Israeli photographer was hit by a rubber bullet in the clashes. Downtown, police arrested an Arab who reportedly attacked a light rail security officer.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch to get to the bottom of the killing, asking that “law-enforcement elements work as quickly as possible in order to investigate who is behind the reprehensible murder and what the motive was.”

Netanyahu called “on all sides not to take the law into their own hands,” adding that “Israel is a nation of laws and everyone must act according to the law,” in a statement released by his office Wednesday.
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat also “strongly” condemned the murder, terming it “a horrible and barbaric act.”

“This is not our way and I am fully confident that our security forces will bring the perpetrators to justice,” Barkat said, and called on all sides “to exercise restraint.”

Palestinian Authority Spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina, on Wednesday directly blamed Israel for the Palestinian youth’s death.

“Israel is fully responsible for the killing of the teenager and we demand that the perpetrators be found and held accountable,” he said.

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  1. Google, along with much of the rest of the media, which hastened to present the kidnapping of our 3 kedoshim as an Israeli ruse, and to justify any kidnapping of “soldier settlers”, now hastens to present the kidnapping of the Arab adolescent as the unjustifiable work of Israeli nationalists, provocation not withstanding, this without a shred of evidence.

    This presentation by the media, which has already led to bloodshed, is nothing less than a blood libel!

  2. Hear the words of this grief-stricken mother – who certainly has more right to speak than any one of the fools calling for more bloodshed. These are not the days of the Nevi’im and there is no longer a concept of go’el hadam in Halacha. As the Torah commands, we have a justice system in our society and we are required to support it. Daven that all the murderers are captured, tried and punished by the RIGHTFUL authorities, not “nationalistic” anarchists of any type.

  3. they convinced the boy of heavenly reward and he agreed to submit himself to be burned alive for the cause of giving the arabs right to riot and blame israel. These are people who don’t care for their lives. Why are we to assume that this was not the case?

  4. t has already been report
    The media loves the blood libels when it comes to Jews. The demonization of the religious ‘settlers’ continues by the media who are feeding the world’s anti-semites.

    May she and the other two mothers be comforted among the mourners of Tzion and Yerushalayim. May Moshiach come very soon and their sons’ return to their families.

  5. Since the extreme Arabs are more than willing to have their own people die for their cause, they could have killed one of their own for political effect.

  6. I understand your frustration, but Google gas nothing to do with this. They are an upstanding company with dozens of Jewish and many drum employees, and massive investment in Israel.