NEWS: ISRAEL

Jewish Federations condemn murder, call for coexistence

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 law.

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.

Posted: 7/7/2014 9:44:53 AM
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