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  1. Thank you, Richard, for pointing out Amos Harel’s free shot at ‘Hamasniks’.
    Concerning the false rumours, I was disgusted yesterday to see that many comments on the French newspaper Le Monde also claimed Muhammed Abukhdeir was killed because he was a ‘well-known’ homosexual. Reminds me of the words of the French counterpart to Abe Foxman, Roger Cukierman “When Sharon came to France, I told him he must absolutely create a Ministry of Propaganda just like Goebbels” (cf. article by Akiva Eldar in Haaretz, september 26th 2001)

    I still wonder: if two surveillance cameras belonging to Palestinians (one to Muhammad Abu Khdeir’s own father) hadn’t filmed the kidnapping/kidnappers, if Palestinians hadn’t taken the licence number etc would the Israeli police have done much to find the killers ? We know now that they had the images right from the start, and still they kept Muhammad’s father for the whole day, trying to pressure him to sign his son was killed in a family dispute.
    When I see how careless the missed kidnapping was handled by the Israeli police I doubt they would have done much.
    As Suha Abukhdeir, Tariq Abukhdeirs’s mother, says: “If my son weren’t an American citizen, he would be left to rot in an Israeli prison”.
    I’m pleased to see that the American consulate in Jerusalem has done their job and stood by the family, such as the presence of three American diplomats in during court hearings on Sunday.
    PS. The one billion question is: are they going to demolish the family homes of the six suspects and arrest their family members…..

  2. Thank you for the report, Richard.
    Thank you Deir Yassin for your comment. The police have masked their actions, motives and covered their crimes many a time.
    The press ‘gag orders’ seem to ensure further misinformation and propaganda.
    Planting rumours and withholding information will continue. Media appears, often, to selectively report and encourage biased narratives.
    The more journalists, lawyers, etc., probe, demand and challenge ‘facts’, the more people will see past lies and propaganda, and Israeli society (and others) can confront and expose injustices and crimes, and hold those responsible, accountable.

    The occupation and it’s abuses, the illegal settlements encroaching on Palestinian life, the injustices and oppression all led directly to the death of this poor. little boy.
    Netanyahu, with all his promises to find/prosecute the perpetrators, is responsible for the crimes perpetrated against Palestinians by Israel and deaths, on both sides, from his government’s policies. He has used the pretext of ‘security’ and turned it into tyranny. He has continued settlement building even in the last weeks. He, seemingly, needs no excuse to continue bombing Gaza, kill innocent civilians, and try to divide the Palestinian people and government.

    The awful news of Tariq Abukhdeir’s murder is horrifying. The murder of innocent children and deaths of three youth (Israeli/American) will not be forgotten. These children and many others are victims, daily, of Netanyahu’s government policies and extremist ideologies/Zionism gone amuck.

    May some measure of sanity and international/domestic pressure end this nightmare. Refugee camps are full of children and families, suffering, far too long.
    End the occupation and it’s stranglehold on everyone!

    1. Thanks God, Tariq isn’t dead 🙂 His first cousin Muhammad was killed.
      I don’t want to seem heartless, but I really ask myself: is Israeli society and the parents (one came from Talmon, a settlement, the Fraenkel-family lives in Nof Ayalon, built in 1994 on both sides of the Green Line so I consider them settlers too) going to ask themselves why three young Israelis were studying in a Yeshiva in a settlement (it seems only two of them studied in Kfar Etzion, the other in Hebron) built on occupied Palestinian land. Did these parents ever think about what Gush Etzion and other settlements have done to the Palestinians ? Kfar Etzion has a history of dumping their sewage on Palestinian farmland for instance, and I’ve seen some pictures from a Pourim-party where the settlers (many fat/ugly Anglos…) of Kfar Etzion were dressed up as…. Arabs ! Women wearing the ‘veil’, the ‘setting’ was some kind of a desert tent. Sick people…..

      1. It is part of the settler world image and reputation that they seem to be a uniquely unattractive slice of Israel. When we think “thug” and “bully”, what comes to mind? A big bloated guy with shirt buttons popping open, swaggering about with an automatic weapon, very busy stealing land and whopping Palestinians. And trying to justify it all.

        One half of the Israel settlement budget is provided by American taxpayers. The nightmarish occupation would be throttled some if the US withheld these funds. If the US wanted peace (the “peace process” — is this charade still invoked anywhere?) it would stop financing the occupation. I am withholding $25 in taxes which is the average American taxpayer’s share of the “aid” to Israel and I try to get others to do so as well. I’ll include a note that in contravention of statute and conditions, Israel uses the money to illegally settle the WB and for weapons for that purpose. As these actions are illegal, and I know the use to which the funds are put, I would be an accessory to these illegal actions by funding it. Can the IRS force me to break the law? Stay tuned.

        1. Yes we’ll stay tuned on your tax-paying story. It seems a good idea. Small daily-life actions like this can change the picture. Since I was a teenager, I’ve tried to drop a word on why I don’t buy any Israeli products to various people when the occasion appears, I remember first time I said to a fruit seller that I didn’t want to buy his Israeli oranges or whatever, looked at me as if I’ve fallen down from the sky…..
          There’s no avatar any longer, are you David from San Diego who became Davey taking back your real name ? Too many short names and without the colored avatars make it difficult to distinguish the various commenters.

  3. [comment deleted–this is NOT a venue for hasbara, anti-Arab rants, etc. You’re free to do that to your heart’s content elsewhere. You know the comment rules (or, if you don’t read them). Follow them. If not, you’ll be moderated.

    1. Again: Read up on past posts and you would not ask these questions.

      A lot of such nonsense comments full of ‘earnest questions’ these days Richard. And they are all very similar. Interesting to see.

  4. Richard, do you have an idea of what the motivation of this lie was. Was the diversion part of an attempt to whitewash and ignore the crime? Was it a stupid and ugly manipulation in order to move ahead with the investigation? Or was it, as you seem to be saying just something that came from a racist investigator/cop/police system that would shoot itself in the leg when their lie would be shown to be false (by its own investigation)..? Granted the latter is a possibility since it turns out no shot in the leg has happened..but it has all been forgotten.

    1. My source told me there were Shabak & police units trying to develop different leads in the case. The police were developing the theory that it was an honor killing. Someone within the police (not on the police team) leaked a false rumor that he was killed because he was gay. I’m not sure my source is right about this, but he claims it was meant to distract the Israeli public from the Ronel Fisher-Alon Hassan scandal which enveloped the police leadership. Personally, I think it’s more likely it was meant to comfort Israelis and tell them no Jew did this, but rather Palestinians did it to themselves. Certainly a racist motive and one common to the police.

  5. Richard, Harel is right. The Palestinians have a full right to oppose the occupation and to resist the army. Their attacks on civilians are the mirror image of the settlers and indeed they seem to need each other. Otherwise, you are right on, as usual.

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