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Palestinian teen murdered in suspected 'revenge kidnapping'

Heavy clashes take place in a number of East Jerusalem neighborhoods, leading to dozens of injuries, including two photographers from Activestills; Kerry conveys condolences to the Palestinian people over despicable murder; ‘revenge’ calls spread throughout Israeli social networks, streets of Jerusalem.

Clashes between Palestinian youths and Israeli police broke out Wednesday morning when news broke of a suspected kidnapping and murder of a Palestinian teenager in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Hanina hours earlier. Speculation that the killing was a nationalistically motivated and perpetrated by Jewish Israelis as revenge for the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank appeared almost immediately in nearly every Israeli media outlet. Police initially urged caution, saying that no motive had been established, but later said they estimated it was a “nationalistic” crime.

Muhammad Hussein Abu Khdeir was walking to morning prayers for Ramadan after 3 a.m. Wednesday morning when a car pulled up and a number of passengers forced him in. Police later found his burned body in a Jerusalem-area forest. A gag order covered other details of the investigation. The family reportedly agreed to an autopsy and the funeral was scheduled for Thursday.

The mother of murdered Palestinian teenager Mohammed Abu Khdair mourns his death, East Jerusalem, July 2, 2014. (Photo by Yotam Ronen/Activestills.org)

The mother of murdered Palestinian teenager Mohammed Abu Khdair mourns his death, East Jerusalem, July 2, 2014. (Photo by Yotam Ronen/Activestills.org)

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday condemned the “despicable and senseless abduction and murder,” adding, “[t]here are no words to convey adequately our condolences to the Palestinian people.”

“Those who undertake acts of vengeance only destabilize an already explosive and emotional situation,” Kerry continued. “We look to both the Government of Israel and the Palestinian Authority to take all necessary steps to prevent acts of violence and bring their perpetrators to justice.”

The Israeli Prime Minister’s Office published a readout from a conversation Prime Minister Netanyahu had with Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch, in which he asked police to work quickly to investigate “work as quickly as possible in order to investigate who is behind the reprehensible murder and what the motive was.” The written statement added that “the prime minister calls on all sides not to take the law into their own hands.”

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The uncle of one of the murdered Israeli teens said that if there the Palestinian teen was killed as a nationalistically motivated crime or revenge, it would be horrendous. “There is no difference between [Arab] blood and [Jewish] blood.”

In the two days since Israeli troops found the bodies of the kidnapped teenagers, incitement and calls for revenge have been rampant. Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon spoke of “settling the score,” Prime Minister Netanyahu called the murderers “human animals” and others called for swift action against Hamas and the Palestinians.

Hundreds of Jewish Israelis, many of them teenagers, marched through the streets of West and East Jerusalem for hours Tuesday night chanting “death to Arabs” and physically assaulting at least five Palestinians along the way. Police also reportedly prevented attacks against a number of Palestinians. Police arrested 50. (Watch video here.)

A photo posted to the ‘The people of Israel demand revenge’ Facebook page, reading “Hating Arabs isn’t racism, it’s moral! Israel demands revenge’. (The faces were blurred by +972 because the girls appear to be minors.)

A photo posted to the ‘The people of Israel demand revenge’ Facebook page, reading “Hating Arabs isn’t racism, it’s moral! Israel demands revenge’. (The faces were blurred by +972 because the girls appear to be minors.)

A Facebook group established Monday night, called “The people of Israel demand revenge,” garnered over 37,000 “likes” by Wednesday afternoon. Followers of the page posted photos of themselves holding signs or with writing on their skin with messages inspired by the name of the Facebook page. A number of the posters appeared to be active duty soldiers, some of whom framed their signs with insignia, military gear and weapons.

Dozens of Palestinians were wounded in the clashes in East Jerusalem on Wednesday, with Ma’an reporting that 17 required hospitalization. Five police officers were reportedly wounded, and at least four journalists were shot with sponge-tipped bullets by police. Among those shot were two journalists from Palestine TV and two Activestills photographers. Activestills photojournalist Tali Mayer, who also works for Walla! News, was shot in the face and will have to undergo surgery.

The demonstrators damaged a number of light-rail stations and maintained a standoff with riot police in the Shuafat and Beit Hanina neighborhoods of East Jerusalem. Police shut down the main roads running through the area, which are also the main arteries connecting Jerusalem and Ramallah.

Israeli forces seen during a protest following the suspected kidnapping and murder of a Palestinian teenager, East Jerusalem, July 2, 2014. (Photo by Yotam Ronen/Activestills.org)

Israeli forces seen during a protest following the suspected kidnapping and murder of a Palestinian teenager, East Jerusalem, July 2, 2014. (Photo by Yotam Ronen/Activestills.org)

Palestinian youths clash with Israeli forces during a protest following the suspected kidnapping and murder of a Palestinian teenager, East Jerusalem, July 2, 2014. (Photo by Yotam Ronen/Activestills.org)

Palestinian youths clash with Israeli forces during a protest following the suspected kidnapping and murder of a Palestinian teenager, East Jerusalem, July 2, 2014. (Photo by Yotam Ronen/Activestills.org)

An Activestills photographer after being shot in the face with what is believed to be a plastic bullet fired by Israeli police. She was evacuated to a local hospital for treatment, July 2, 2014. (Photo: Activestills.org)

Activestills photographer Tali Mayer after being shot in the face with what is believed to be a sponge-tipped bullet fired by Israeli police. She was evacuated to a local hospital for treatment, July 2, 2014. (Photo: Activestills.org)

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    1. Rami

      My friends and I reported the FB page AmIsraelDoreshNekama as well as another one and got them closed.

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    2. The Trespasser

      Fact: There is not even one single shed of evidence that murderers were Jews.

      Rumors: The boy was murdered by family members due to inherent Arabic homophobia.

      http://rotter.net/forum/scoops1/111322.shtml

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      • Fred

        Hey dude were you the same guy who said those Palestinian boys that were murdered by the border police and caught on both CCTV and CNN camera crew video say it was ” POLLYWOOD” because the boys, once shot, fell using their hands to break their fall. I was in Nam between 1969-71 and seen many a soldier, once hit by a round from the VC, break their fall by using their hands. Idiots like you watch to many cheap movies to believe that is not possible. Believe me when your shot people fall down in many different ways, including using their hands to break their fall. Why don’t you crawl under that rock you love so much sparky.

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      • JG

        Fuck you and your fake hasbara lies, you rotten fascist scim.

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      • kate

        Israeli police have dismissed that as a baseless rumor

        Sources: Revenge most likely motive in teen’s death

        Israeli police have become increasingly convinced that 16-year-old Jerusalem resident Mohammed Abu Khdeir was murdered Wednesday morning as revenge for the killing of three kidnapped Israeli teens, officials said Wednesday evening.

        Security camera footage from the scene of Abu Khdeir’s kidnapping strengthened investigators’ suspicions that Jewish extremists snatched the teen, Channel 2 reported.

        Police are still looking into the possibility of a criminal motive for the attack, or even an honor killing, but sources told Channel 10 that the family has no criminal history.

        The sources also said rumors claiming that Abu Khdeir was killed because he was gay, or because he’d had sexual encounters with local girls, are baseless.

        http://www.timesofisrael.com/sources-revenge-most-likely-motive-in-teens-death/

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      • Felix Reichert

        Fact:

        There is not only one single shred of evidence that Hamas had anything to do with the kidnapping of the three jewish settler boys.

        Just putting it out there.

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      • Khaled Khalid

        Hey Tresspasser
        Try this:

        Fact: There is not a shred of evidence the 3 Israeli teens were kidnapped by Hamas

        Rumor: All 3 Jewish boys were murdered by family members due to inherent Jewish Settler homophobia.

        How does that sound? Not so funny spreading Hasbara lies when things are switched around is it?

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    3. Piotr Berman

      Just wondering, without seeing stamps in my passport, you, Trespasser, have no evidence that Piotr Berman did not murder Abu Khdeir to further the plans of the Extreme Left. The rumors clearly lack imagination.

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    4. Mikesailor

      There is not a shred of proof elicited so far that Paletinians were behind the murdersw of the three Israelis. Only garbage in, garbage out. We do have demolished homes without trial sanctioned by a lawless fascimile of a Supreme Court. Tell me, If an Israeli Jew did commit the murder, can we demiolish his house too? Trespasser, you are a bad joke. By the way, where is the ‘proof’ Netanuyahu promised to release showing that Hamas was responsible for the ‘kidnapping”?

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      • Felix Reichert

        This is actually a very good question, so I’m not only putting it to Trespasser again, but also to Bar and Ginger and all the other Hasbarists on here, just to make sure we’ll receive an answer:

        “Tell me, If an Israeli Jew did commit the murder, can we demolish his house too?”

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        • DerAsylant

          If the family of this israeli jews is rewarded by international organization for murder of an arab, then you can demolish his house.

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          • Felix Reichert

            Der Asylant:
            Which “international organisation” actually “rewards” the family of murderers? Go ahead, provide your sources.

            Also, since many/all of the people whose houses were demolished DID NOT receive any direct support by any international organisation, I’m guessing in your opinion most if not all of these house demolitions were wrong and despicable? Right?

            By the way: It’s funny how you can call yourself “Asylant” but defend Israel’s policies. Israel has by far the WORST treatment of Asylum seekers of ALL (so called) democracies in the world.

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          • DerAsylant

            http://goo.gl/9L7uqZ every stateless arab recieves money from internatioan organization with some bonus for “successful resistance” from PA. Also every jew in israel in an asylant per defenition and most are treated well.

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        • Tzutzik

          “Tell me, If an Israeli Jew did commit the murder, can we demolish his house too?”

          Here is a good answer to your “good” question Felix:

          Who are the “WE” that you are talking about?

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          • Tzutzik

            … I will answer my own rhetorical question to our intrepid Felix:

            By “WE” he means the amoral Israel haters like himself, who excuse every atrocity which Arabs commit against us and blame us for being alive.

            Nuff said. Their day of reckoning will come. Make no mistake about it, I will enjoy it. I actually hate them too. In other words, I hate THEM because of THEIR hatred of us.

            The Palestinians I don’t hate because although they are misguided, they think they are fighting for what is right, like the good brainwashed lot who they are.

            Scum like Felix? I have no time for. They pour oil on a fire which is already burning out ofcontrol. And they do it out of pure hatred and malice without any gain to themselves.

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          • Felix Reichert

            Nice one, dodged the uncofortable question that would show your double standard. Again. Like you Hasbarists always do. Combine that with a set of insults, and you have the prototype of an internet troll.

            So I’ll ask you AGAIN, but phrase the question differently this time:

            Tell me, If an Israeli Jew did commit the murder, can anyone demolish his house too, without any legal or moral qualms?

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          • Jean Vercors

            Hilarious to notice that you have no solid argument to put on the table.

            anyone who is not in phase with you remarks is considered a troll.

            You are using the methods used by the totalitarian states and ideologies of the 20th century:
            The Thought Police of Orwell

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          • Felix Reichert

            In fact YOU are using the methods of totalitarian governments of the 20th and 19th centursy, namely collective punishment.

            I will ask again:

            Is it okay to punish the family of a so called “terrorist” (regardless of the crimes he or she has allegdly commited)?

            Yes or no?

            Easy question.

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          • Tzutzik

            “Tell me, If an Israeli Jew did commit the murder, can anyone demolish his house too, without any legal or moral qualms?”

            Not only are you a fool Felix, you are a fool full of hatred.

            We are at war with the Palestinian Arabs. A war which has been going on for nearly 100 years and which they want to end only when they destroy us and our country. They leave no stone unturned to try and make that happen. And a war in which they break ALL the rules of war and certainly all the rules of decency.

            This abduction and murder of our teenagers was just the latest of a long string of their atrocities against us. It wasn’t even the worst on the scale of atrocities which they committed against us in the past.

            But to bastards like you Felix, everything always starts with our reaction to THEIR atrocities. You object to EVERYTHING that we do in RESPONSE to THEIR atrocities. Let’s just go through the long list of your kind’s objections against how we respond:

            – No road blocks
            – No curefews
            – No searches
            – No Security fences
            – No jailing of terrorists
            – No targeted assassinations of terrorists
            – No shooting back in response to rockets
            – No blowing up houses of terrorists.
            – No whatever else …

            And after all that, you have the hide to put your stupid rhetorical question to us? As if you care what we think?

            I repeat the answer that I gave you previously by implication. Shove your question up where the sun does not shine. Because If we would give you the chance to blow up our houses, you would blow up not only the house of the stupid individual/s who committed the revenge killing of the poor Palestinian boy, you would blow up ALL our houses. And judging by the level of hatred which you display against us, you would not stop just with that either …

            Here is the thing though Felix: we won’t give you the chance. Certainly not in Israel. And we will do whatever is necessary to stop your pets, the Palestinians, and minimise the number and scale of atrocities which they dream up against us. If that pains the likes of you, then shove it. Get it?

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          • Felix Reichert

            Nice one, Tsutzik, let’s go through your so called list of atrocities again:

            – road blocks, for everyone, regardless of if they have commited a crime or not. All the time. At every fucking road.
            – curefews, for everyone, regardlless of if they have commited a crime. All the time. For everyone, who is Palestinian of course. For illegal settlers, those rules do not apply.
            – searches, without warrants, without judicial authority, just by the fucking whim of the army leadership. The rotten, racist army löeadership, to be exact.
            – Security fences for everyone, regardless of if they have commited a crime
            – jailing of terrorists, and of course jailing of dozens of people without ANY form of legal representation, without ANY criminal charge, for an indefinite amount of time, etc.
            – targeted assassinations of terrorists, and their families, and their friends, and the people that happen to be in their proximity at the wrong time.
            – shooting back in response to rockets, and of xcourse shooting back in response to stone throwing, or insults, or someone lookinng at you the wrong way.
            – blowing up houses of terrorists, AND their families.

            So let me ask you, does this add up to collective punishment, in your humble opinion? Yes, no? Why, why not?

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          • Tzutzik

            “So let me ask you, does this add up to collective punishment, in your humble opinion? Yes, no? Why, why not?”

            No, it adds up to war between our two peoples. They target me, my family and my friends indiscriminately. Which is exactly what they have been doing. And after every operation (as they call it – what a benign name), thousands of them celebrate by handing out sweets and chanting slogans. They make war on us and we respond whichever way we manage to stop them whatever it takes. Other people in our place would do and do worse.

            W-A-R. Here is a definition of it you fool!

            “War is an organized and often prolonged conflict that is carried out by states or non-state actors. It is generally characterised by extreme violence, social disruption and economic destruction. War should be understood as an actual, intentional and widespread armed conflict between political communities, and therefore is defined as a form of political violence or intervention. The set of techniques used by a group to carry out war is known as warfare. An absence of war is usually called peace.”

            Everyone suffers in war. We are not the ones who want it. They do. Because they want us out of here. You deny it, Felix? Then read Hamas’s charter.

            We have the right to wage war too to defend ourselves. Get it?

            If you don’t, then let me put your own question back at you:

            What they do to us,

            ” … does it add up to collective punishment, in your humble opinion? Yes, no? Why, why not?”

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    5. shachalnur

      Body of Arab teen is still not being released to his family.

      There are reports from inside Israel that the teen was tortured,besides being burnt ,and the cause of death has yet to be established.

      If true ,it makes it understandable that Israel’s PM is in damage control overdrive right now.

      Looks like this operation is going very wrong for Bibithe genius,Karma’s a bitch.

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    6. Samuel

      “Looks like this operation is going very wrong for Bibithe genius,Karma’s a bitch.”

      Four teenagers are dead. Three Israelis and one Palestinian. And idiots gloat.

      Decent people should be sad.

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      • GilGamesh

        agreed

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      • shachalnur

        The Bibi-Beast tweeted: “Vengeance for the blood of a small child,Satan has not yet created….”

        Then there are some enlightened National Religious Rabbi’s openly calling for revenge,and ofcourse hundreds of foto’s of Israeli’s calling for revenge on Facebook,and the tens of thousands of “likes”(before being taken down,before it grows to hundreds of thousands of citizens echoing their leader’s call for blood..

        That was a well thought through strategy,and it blew up in Bibi’s face.

        So it might be usefull to be sad and at the same time keep your eyes and mind open ,because your leaders lost control over themselves and the situation.

        Your PM calling for blood is logical since Bibi is predictable,so is the Pavlov reaction of the average paranoid,Chosenite 1897 Zionist.

        Bibi might have opened Pandora’s box and is now trying to close it again.

        Bibi is a lousy chessplayer,when there’s limited time on the clock and he can not control the rules of the game.

        You should be sad,for all the teens past,present and future being killed because of the consequences of your illegal occupation,and your unability to recognize what kind of monster you’ve become.

        Jews outside Israel can not identify with their racist brothers,and the disgust they are feeling for your State of Shame is rising daily.

        You’re an ugly suicidal sect,and no one is gonna stop you reaching your ultimate goal:Glorious suicide based on a sick perception of what Judaism is.

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    7. Samuel

      I hate to burst your bubble Shachalnur but most Diaspora Jews support us.

      I know for a fact because I travel a lot and I meet a lot of my Jewish brothers in the diaspora.

      Here, look at one American poll:

      “Comparing the new survey’s findings to the National Jewish Population Survey of 2000-2001, the report states that “emotional attachment to Israel has not waned discernibly among American Jews in the last decade… Overall, about seven-in-ten American Jews surveyed say they feel either very attached (30 percent) or somewhat attached (39 percent) to Israel, essentially unchanged since 2000-2001.”

      And my own experience confirms those findings. Nu, Shachalnur?

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      • shachalnur

        Samuel,

        “Somewhat attached to Israel” is something that could be said of most people born Jewish.

        I have close family and friends living in Israel,so even if I don’t accept 1897 Zionism as a future,but a danger for Judaism,I can still be “somewhat attached”.

        More problematic are the estimated 17 million people born Jewish that took distance from 1897 Zionism controlled Judaism since 1945.

        Jews as a percentage of the world population have shunk to a third of what it was in 1945,and almost all are concentrated in two countries,Israel and the US.

        Both are countries that still have to prove themselves as entities that have a future,since both are fremdkörper in the regions they were relatively recently established,based on exterminating the local populations and grabbing land away from the original owners.

        So in your pink cloud everything is fine,but looking at Judaism as a whole,things are pretty dangerous.

        Before 1945 Jews were spread all over the planet and quite succesful,and now they are concentrated in two countries that might have passed their perishable date,and completely dependent of ultra rich London Bankers that have proven to be able to pull the plug on their inventions any time they want ,if it fits their purposes.

        It will only take a little while more untill all Jews,not only the ones that turned their backs on 1897 Zionism controlled Judaism,will understand they are being used as a weapon for their sponsors and will be disposed at will.

        European Jewry knew this a century ago ,were hit hard for refusing to move to Palestine by force,and have kept warning about this,but 1897 Zionism didn’t want to listen.

        And the bad news is,Samuel,this is by design,it could be seen from miles away,and at least a century ahead of time.

        We are reaching the point of no return,and if at least some big chunk of Israel’s citizens don’t wake up soon,the Bankers will complete their plans;exterminate Judaism as a whole ,since Jews are potentially the biggest threat to their New World Order plans,because of the talent and strenght Jews have always had.

        You’ve been used as luxury slaves,and if you don’t recognize that,you’ll be wasted as the thing you’ve become:”usefull idiots” and “useless eaters”(Kissinger dixit)

        Israel is being dumped right now by their former supporters,as I’ve been saying for 2 1/2 years,and I wonder how long it takes untill people like you will wake up and open your eyes.

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        • Samuel

          “I have close family and friends living in Israel, … I can still be “somewhat attached”.

          If you have, then you are not somewhat attached to them. You hate them, judging by the obvious hatred which you display towards the country in which they chose to live their lives.

          As for the rest of your post, they are all lies.

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          • Samuel

            In 2013, more than 20,000 people formally applied to the Jewish Agency in Paris for aliyah – emigration to Israel – and more than 3,000 completed the emigration process during the same year: twice as much as in 2012. France is now the first country of origin for aliyah, ahead of the United States.

            No less relevant is the rise of people considering emigrating to Israel. In 2012, about sixty people in France used to attend weekly aliyah-focused information workshops. Throughout 2013, average attendance soared to 150 people per week. In December, it peaked out at 500 people per week.

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          • Samuel

            A major shift was found this year in the number of Arabs – 43 percent – who favor their Israeli-Arab identity over a Palestinian one. This compared to 33 percent in last year’s study.

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          • Samuel

            “We are reaching the point of no return,and if at least some big chunk of Israel’s citizens don’t wake up soon,the Bankers will complete their plans;exterminate Judaism as a whole”

            If what you say about the Bankers is true, then you are their biggest slave. You are doing their work for them with your anti Israel incitement, Shachalnur.

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          • shachalnur

            It looks like the Arab teen was burnt alive.

            There’s a possibility some settlers kidnapped an skinny sixteen year-old,beat and most probably tortured him,and burnt him alive.

            This is what 1897 Zionism has become and demands Judaism to see this as acceptable.

            And this is only the start of the inevitable,it’s predictable and by design.

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          • Samuel

            “It looks like the Arab teen was burnt alive.”

            Yes, it is the second time you said that on this thread alone. And yes, it is terrible.

            Now can you show us where you lamented what was done to the three Israeli teenagers by Arab terrorists?

            No? Then how can you claim that you too are “somewhat attached” to Israel? Looks like you care more for Arabs than for Israelis.

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          • shachalnur

            I’m attached to the people living in Israel,not to the Jewish State of Shame as a monstrous entity,threatening all Jews in the world.

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          • Samuel

            “I’m attached to the people living in Israel,not to the Jewish State”

            So stop trying to claim that the 39% of American Jews are like you, Shachalnur!

            “Overall, about seven-in-ten American Jews surveyed say they feel either very attached (30 percent) or somewhat attached (39 percent) to Israel”

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          • shachalnur

            Huh?

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    8. Khaled Khalid

      Hey Tresspasser
      Try this:

      Fact: There is not a shred of evidence the 3 Israeli teens were kidnapped by Hamas

      Rumor: All 3 Jewish boys were murdered by family members due to inherent Jewish Settler homophobia.

      How does that sound? Not so funny spreading Hasbara lies when things are switched around is it?

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      • Marcos

        It sounds like nonsense. Settlers do not have a legacy of killing homosexuals, honor killings, etc.

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