JCPA Mourns Palestinian Teenager, Calls for an End to Violence
New York, NY - The kidnapping and murder of Mohammed Abu Khudair, a sixteen year-old Palestinian, is a reprehensible crime. We condemn his murder, express our deep condolences to his family, and join with Israeli officials from Jerusalem's mayor to the prime minister who have called for a swift and thorough investigation and that his killer or killers be brought to justice. We also vigorously condemn calls for revenge in the wake of the horrific murder of three Israeli teenagers, said the Jewish Council for Public Affairs.
"This heart-wrenching violence against children must come to an end," said JCPA President Rabbi Steve Gutow. "The circumstances of his death remain uncertain, but it appears that Mohammed was not a party to nor instigator of the tragic events of recent days and weeks. But he now has paid the ultimate price regardless. It saddens me greatly that, in just a few days, yet another child has had his future taken away, and yet another family sent into mourning. With heavy hearts, we mourn for Mohammed along with his family."
"Already, Prime Minister Netanyahu and Jerusalem Mayor Barkat have called upon authorities to quickly apprehend the killer or killers. We implore both Israelis and Palestinians to resist the temptation to take justice into their own hands. Revenge is not justice. Tragedy is never an excuse for lawlessness. More than ever, humanity demands that the violence end before more children are lost and more families devastated," said JCPA Chair Susan W. Turnbull.