The Meaning of Mohamed Abu Khdeir’s Murder

July 9, 2014 10:18 PM

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The media has been filled with images of the kidnapped Israeli Jews and, later, of Abu Khdeir. If you took away the baseballs cap that Abu Khdeir wore and the kippas worn by Fraenkel and Yifrach, you would not be able to differentiate among their young, fresh faces who was Israeli and who was Palestinian. The Israeli demonstrators who went through the streets in West Jerusalem shouting slogans such as “death to Arabs,” “a Jew is a brother, an Arab is a bastard,” looking to beat any Arab they encountered, had to ask passersby for the time in order to find out from their accents who was Jewish and who wasn’t.

Many other incidents of shooting and killing of Palestinians by the Israeli Army and Jewish settlers—and of Israelis by Palestinians—have been reported over the years. Settler violence has been going on in the West Bank since the early eighties. In 1994, Dr. Baruch Goldstein murdered twenty-nine Pal...

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