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Don't Equate Murders of Jewish and Arab Teens

By Batya Medad
7/7/2014, 7:07 AM

No Parallel, Similarity between Murders of Eyal, Naftali and Gil-Ad with that of Mohammed

It may make good politics and media op for Jerusalem Mayor's politically correct joint phone call with family members of both Jewish and Arab victims, but I find the act very offensive.
During his condolence call at Nof Ayalon, Barkat spoke with Naftali Frankel’s uncle, Yishai, and, by telephone, with Abu Khdeir’s father, Hussein.
Speaking “in the name of the citizens of Jerusalem,” Barkat expressed to Hussein his shock “over the horrible and barbaric slaying of his son,” a statement from his office said. (Algemeiner)

Funeral of 3 Jewish teens, Naftali Frankel, Eyal Yifrach and Gil-Ad Sha'ar (photo by Batya Medad)

The arrest of Jews for the murder of Mohammed Abu Khdeir has everyone I know feeling physically ill and completely baffled, while there were great celebrations in Arab towns and villages all over the night the three Jewish teenagers were kidnapped and murdered.
 

Avishai Raviv

And we still don't know if the arrested Jews are really guilty. In the corner of my mind I keep hearing the name "Avishai Raviv," the Shabak agent who had a very long career egging on Right wing Jewish teens to further extremism culminating in the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin, and I wonder what is really behind this murder if it was really by Jews.

The Jerusalem Post now reports that one Jew has confessed, and we are waiting for facts.

Before equating the murders we must hear the same sorts of condemnation from Arabs of all walks of life about the murder of Jews as we hear from Jews about the murder of an Arab. That would be a sign that they are getting closer, but words aren't enough. While Jews are sick at the idea that there could possibly be a Jew willing and capable of such a murder, we have not heard any equivalent reactions from Arabs. That's all further proof that we are very far from true peace. There is no equivalency between the murders!