Palestinian Instagram users have reported that a Palestinian boy, Mohamed Hussein Abu Khdeir, was kidnapped this morning (Palestine time) before morning prayers in East Jerusalem by three Israeli settlers. A body likely to be his was found shortly afterward in the Jerusalem forest. It was badly burned.
Maan has confirmed the Instagram posting:
Witnesses told Ma’an that footage from surveillance cameras shows Israelis stepping out of a Hyundai in front of Abu Khdeir’s house and forcing the teen inside before speeding off.
The Shuafat refugee camp, where he lived is in open revolt. The light rail station has been trashed. Israeli camera crews arrived hours after the body was discovered. Just not news unless there are some good pictures of Palestinians trashing the place and fighting with police.
This was the text accompanying Zalameh’s original video (above) on Instagram:
Video of announcement just now, from the loudspeaker of my local mosque, that ibn el balad Mohamed Hussein Abu Khdeir is reported missing, apparently taken by 3 Israeli settlers just before Fajr prayers – this is just opposite my home. People in the hood have gathered in the streets, there is still some confusion as to what exactly happened. Israeli helicopters are hovering above, seems this will hit the news any time now once things become clearer. Let’s make dua Mohamed is safe inshallah. #ramadan #jerusalem #palestine #رمضان_في_القدس_غير
An Israeli security source told Reuters that the killing appeared to be an act of retribution for the Hebron murders:
A security source speaking on condition of anonymity said Israel suspected the youth had been kidnapped and killed, possibly in retribution for the killings of the Israeli teens.
Tell me something I didn’t already know!
Israeli extremist mobs yesterday promised a CNN reporter that they would take revenge “after sundown:”
Mob on Jaffa Road, Jerusalem chanting “death to the Arabs.” Man tells me, “after sundown we will attack them.” pic.twitter.com/ehx7E3BCyS
— benwedeman (@bencnn) July 1, 2014
Look at the picture of Mohamed above. Take in the boy’s mischievous sweet gaze. He was 16 years old (Arabic). Then if you like look at pictures of the smiling Israeli boys who were also murdered. How can you let this go on? And don’t whine at me about ‘it takes two to tango’ and ‘there’s no partner’ and ‘if they would only stop the violence and recognize Israel’ and crap like that. I don’t want to hear it. I want to hear when you (addressing Israelis) will recognize the inevitable. If you won’t, fine, then the rest of the world should wash our hands of you. Leave you to your fate. It won’t be long. Even if it’s a decade or two, you will fade into oblivion due to your own stubbornness and unwillingness to adapt. Darwin or someone like him taught us: evolve or die. Learn the lesson. The hard way if necessary.
If you have not read my previous post comparing the Hebron kidnapping to settler violence, please do. This heinous act only reinforces that the undisciplined, homicidal extremists on both sides will bring us to the end. But the settlers are far more dangerous than the Qawasmeh family, since the fourth most powerful army in the world stands behind them and enforces their interests on both the rest of Israel and the Palestinians.
The perpetrators of this new crime will be apprehended. Not because Israel wants to solve the crime–it doesn’t. Most Israelis will feel justice has been served–the old fashioned way. They will solve the crime because if they don’t Israel will be made to look like a homicidal state full of lunatic murderers (something like the way Israelis look at Palestine). The Shabak, when they find the murderers will not execute them. No, they don’t summarily execute Jews. Palestinians, yes. Jews, no.
Honenu will find the three excellent lawyers. The lawyers will first argue that the three are insane (as if settlerism isn’t insanity by definition). There will be months of psychiatric testing. Eventually, as with Jack Teitel, they’ll be found sane and will stand trial. They’ll be found guilty. But after one year or five years the then-Israeli president will pardon them as they’ve pardoned scores of previous Israeli Jewish murderer-terrorists. Until they do, a powerful settler lobby consisting of virtually all the rightist Knesset parties (almost a majority) will regularly shrey about what good boys these were. How they were driven to a foolish act by rage at the blood of innocent Israeli boys spilled. How anyone can understand their reaction.
And at the end of the day, Israeli Jewish blood mixes with Palestinian blood. Both the same color. No one can tell them apart. But that won’t matter because nothing will change. The crimes are forgiven. They will continue. Blood will continue to pour from these wounds. No lessons learned. The definition of insanity.
There is a reason why the Torah says: “Vengeance is mine saith the Lord.” Vengeance is not for humanity. Certainly not for settlers or prime ministers. When humans enact vengeance they compound hate and violence. Only God, if He’s there, knows what is just and how to avenge blood feuds. Human beings would do far better with resolving their differences in political terms and leave vengeance to a Higher Power.
Can the world allow such pathology to rule the Middle East? How long before intervention is deemed a necessity? A year, a decade? What will it take? A nuclear explosion? 10,000 bodies stacked like cordwood in Ramallah or Tel Aviv? Shame on the world for allowing this to continue.
It took 800,000 Rwandans to die in genocide before Bill Clinton got off his ass and did something. ‘Only’ 250,000 former Yugoslavs died in the Serbian-Croatian-Kosovo wars before NATO intervened. 20,000 Palestinians have died since 1948 in fighting with Israelis. Not to mention thousands of Israelis as well fighting Palestinians and as terror victims. How many more must die?
UPDATE: I’m saddened and angered to report that some Israeli media are reporting that one theory the police are pursuing is that the victim was gay and murdered by his family out of shame (in Hebrew they call it “for the honor of the family”). Normally, if one of these cockamamie theories has any credibility I’ll hold back on condemning them. But this one stinks to high heaven. Some idiot police source thought he’d diminish the anger and hostility of Palestinians and the rest of the world by introducing a red herring into the case. It’s similar to claiming that Arafat died of AIDS (distracting from the strong possibility he was murdered by Israeli intelligence). Note that this idiotic piece of crap follows the same racist line of thought which posits that Palestinians, like all Arabs-Muslims are murderous, backward, homophobic, etc. It makes me sick to my stomach. Instead of solving the case, they’re looking to deflect blame. Typical.
Aside from a vague claim (Hebrew) made by Shaul Ganon in Maariv in 2006 that Palestinians have been murdered by their families for being gay (no proof offered), I’ve heard of no actual instances of such a thing happening. An Israeli gay activist I consulted could not think of one either.
This is the same police force which forced the families of the Hebron kidnap victims to call emergency services 54 times before anyone was willing to treat their frantic calls with any seriousness. How can they do this with a straight face? And how can Israelis not turn in disgust at such disgusting official behavior.
There is a gag order in this case. But I don’t yet know what information is prohibited from being reported.