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  7/6/2014, Tammuz 8, 5774

Satmar Rebbe Blamed Murdered Boys' Parents 'To Educate Students'

After causing major outrage throughout the Jewish world with remarks blaming the parents of three murdered Israeli teens for their deaths followers of Rabbi Aaron Teitelbaum - leader of one of the two branches of the anti-Zionist Satmar hassidic sect - on Sunday sought to justify their leader's position.

According to a senior member of the group, Teitelbaum was aware of the negative impact his comments would have, but "in the wake of the outpouring of sympathy and care for the three kidnapped teenagers, he felt he had no choice but to set the record straight with his own students."