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Nationalist Lawyer Blames Gov't for Arab's Murder

If Jews are behind the murder, says Itamar Ben Gvir, the government is to blame for its weakness in the face of terror.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 7/6/2014, 9:29 PM

Attorney Itamar Ben-Gvir
Attorney Itamar Ben-Gvir
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Nationalist spokesman, Attorney Itamar Ben Gvir, responded Sunday to the reports that police have apprehended six suspects in the murder of an Arab teen by blaming the government for not doing enough against Arab terror.

"If it turns out that those arrested are indeed the ones who perpetrated the act,” he said, “the blame falls upon the Israeli government and only upon the Israeli government, which was silent and showed zero action in the wake of the criminal abduction and murder of three Jewish youths. The feeling of rage and discrimination can lead to harsh actions. Bibi, [Minister of Public Security Yitzhak] Aharonovich and [Finance Minister Yair] Lapid are to blame.”

MK Shelly Yechimovich (Labor) called the murder “shocking, barbaric and sadistic, a cruel terror attack and even a challenge to the state."

"Woe is us, she added, "if the lust for revenge replaces the state and its institutions of law and order. Whoever is busy inciting passions and granting legitimacy to vendettas, must remember that his hands will also have blood on them.”

The Orthodox Union and the Rabbinical Council of America issued a staement in which they “unequivocally condemn the brutal murder” of Muhammad Abu Khder. “We are appalled that this heinous crime was allegedly carried out in revenge for the kidnapping and murders of three innocent Jewish teens in Gush Etzion. The murder of innocents is antithetical to Jewish law and tradition and must always be opposed by men and women of decency and morality. This merciless act of brutality defiles the name of God and desecrates the memories of Eyal Yifrah, Gilad Shaar and Naftali Frenkel. We pray for the day when such senseless acts of violence will cease. We mourn the victim and offer condolences to his grieving family. We salute the Government of Israel for resolutely and without hesitation seeking to bring to justice the perpetrators of this reprehensible crime.”