The Jewish Federations of North America condemn the
brutal murder of 16-year-old Palestinian, Mohammed Abu Khdeir, and is appalled
by the heinous nature of this crime. We commend the Israeli Police for the
swift arrests, and have full confidence that the Israeli justice system will
ensure that those responsible will be punished to the full extent of the
Jewish Federations endorse the sentiments expressed by Israel's
leaders rejecting all forms of violence and calling for new efforts at
achieving peaceful coexistence. We echo the strong words of Rachel Frankel,
mother of murdered Israeli teen, Naftali, who said: "If a young Arab really
was murdered for nationalist reasons, this is a horrifying and shocking act.
There is no difference between blood and blood. Murder is murder. There is no
justification, no pardon and no atonement for murder.
Read a joint
statement by Israel's outgoing president, Shimon Peres, and
president-elect, Reuven Rivlin.