Israelis were enraged by the 'prank' yet somehow managed to ignore the army’s violent response of house-to-house searches, closures and arrests. By Yael Marom About the same time that news of a nuclear deal with Iran made its way into the headlines Thursday night, reports came out about the suspected kidnapping of an Israeli in the West Bank. Irregular details about the case immediately raised the suspicions of the security establishment, and when Israelis woke up Friday morning it turned out that 22-year-old Niv Asraf had not been kidnapped as feared. The whole thing was a prank of sorts, meant to…Read More... | 27 Comments
The Gaza war was a clear choice for +972's selection as story of the year (read it here). But the other nominated stories need to be told, too. +972 bloggers explain why they made their nominations. From the kidnappings to a new paradigm for Jewish-Arab relations to a growing opposition among U.S. Jews. The kidnap-murder of three Israeli teenagers By Larry Derfner As of June 12, Hamas had not fired a rocket into Israel for more than a year-and-a-half. Since the start of 2014, one Israeli had been killed in a Palestinian attack in the West Bank, while 22 Palestinian…Read More...
The news says, 'the IDF doesn't kill children in vain.' And everyone here nods with a serious 'moral gaze.' By Nir Baram While mourning the horrific murder of the three Israeli boys by despicable murderers, yet again we hear the familiar calls of, "in times like these there is no Left and Right. We are all together." While there is "no Left and Right," MK Yariv Levin calls to deal with Israeli Muslims and make them understand that "that which was – will no longer be"; Minister Israel Katz calls to shake the houses in Gaza; Bennett, as always, wants…Read More... | 2 Comments
There is soul-searching and there is the self-gratifying appearance of soul-searching. The deception of the latter lies within the words: 'Tear out these wild weeds from among us.' Confession: I held out hope, to the last minute, that the murderers of Mohammed Abu Khdeir would not be “mine” – Israeli, Jewish. The hope that they would belong to some other group, even, god help me, Mohammed’s own people, is primitive. I must acknowledge, helplessly, that at this moment, I felt a greater sense of identification with the presumed killers due to tribal and arbitrary designation of birth: Jewish (assuming none…Read More... | 21 Comments
Paradoxically, the feeling that those who were killed could have been our children - feeling as though they are our children - is one of the mechanisms that convinces people to send their children to kill and to die. By Inna Michaeli In the days following the announcement of the murder of the three abducted teenagers, many friends of mine - most of whom identify with the left - shared feelings of sorrow, pain, and loss. What’s been bothering me isn’t that their participation in this national mourning session is fake, but rather that it’s real. It’s the government, the…Read More... | 6 Comments
Details of the police investigation into the kidnapping and murder of Muhammad Abu Khdeir have been held under gag order. Six suspects identified as "Jewish extremists" were arrested in connection to the heinous murder of Muhammad Abu Khdeir, police revealed as details began emerging about the investigation Sunday morning. All details about the investigation have been kept under gag order since the 16 year old was kidnapped and burned alive, an incident that sparked clashes and riots in Shuafat that spread to other parts of Israel in recent days. It is important to point out that following the kidnapping/murder of the…Read More... | 27 Comments
With Netanyahu’s hints at revenge, his imperviousness toward the rage surrounding the murder of Muhammad Abu Khdeir and his complete absence in the Israeli media, the prime minister is a party to the growing Jewish-Arab animosity. Instances of violence between Jews and Arabs are piling up: the video from the bus in Tel Aviv, reports of ‘price tag’ attacks, police violence, continued protests in Shuafat, protests in Wadi Ara and the Triangle, and there, overnight, a few Jewish drivers were reportedly attacked. In contrast to the Palestinians, the Jewish public hasn’t been exposed to the horrifying details of Muhammad Abu Khdeir's murder…Read More... | 5 Comments
Jewish motorists are pulled from their vehicles; Liberman exploits nationalist tensions; victim of East Jerusalem police beating is an American teenager; settlers make new land grab, set up new West Bank outpost. Clashes continued throughout the night in East Jerusalem following the funeral of Muhammad Hussein Abu Khdeir on Friday, who was kidnapped and reportedly burned alive earlier this week. The violence also spread to various areas of Israel and the West Bank, including attacks on Jewish Israeli motorists. Protesters in Qalansawe, a Palestinian town in the Triangle on Israel’s coastal plain, attacked Jewish motorists. The protesters reportedly began checking drivers’…Read More... | 3 Comments
The director of one of East Jerusalem's busiest hospitals explains the unique challenges in treating demonstrators under occupation. 'I don’t know what will happen, or when it will happen, but there will be trouble.' By Corey Sherman As violent clashes between Israeli security forces and Palestinians in Shuafat surrounding the murder of Muhammad Abu Khadr began to let up early Thursday morning, the clashes were creating another serious problem just down the road: one East Jerusalem's busiest hospitals was facing an empty blood bank. Makassed Islamic Charitable Hospital in at-Tur received 42 patients from Shuafat on Wednesday. When clashes take place…Read More...
Details under gag order could have suggested early on that the abducted teens were murdered. The government-led campaign calling for their release helped the legitimacy of Israel’s military operation in the West Bank. Local and even international media played along. The following issue is not the heart of the kidnapping affair, the Israeli military operation or its aftermath -- but it does carry an important lesson, especially for journalists. The bottom line is this: the Israeli public has been manipulated. Details of the '100' call (the local equivalent of 911) and what investigators discovered in the car used for the…Read More... | 43 Comments
In the end, the unsustainability of warehousing Palestinians will force the hand of the international community. The Israeli government, so strong it does not know when to stop, will lead us to that moment. By Jeff Halper The kidnapping and killing of the three Israeli youths in the West Bank has unleashed a military operation marking the end of the Israeli occupation. The term “occupation” designates a temporary military situation resolvable only through negotiations. If that is were case, then it could be argued that Israel’s occupation over the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza (not to mention the Golan Heights)…Read More... | 16 Comments
Kidnappings led to the largest military operation in the West Bank since the Second Intifada. Israeli military forces on Monday located the bodies of three teenage yeshiva students who have been missing and assumed kidnapped for over two weeks. The bodies of Eyal Yifrah, Gilad Shaer and Naftali Frenkel were found buried in a field near Halhoul, in the Hebron area. The three, two of whom are 16 years old and the third 19, were hitchhiking home from their yeshiva in a West Bank settlement when they were believed to have been kidnapped. The Israeli army had surrounded the homes of two of…Read More...
The kidnapping of three Israeli teens started a chain of events that has affected people of all stripes, Jewish and Palestinian, and in different places. A reflective diary of the kidnappings, as they touch others. By Leanne Gale Wednesday, June 11, 2014, 2:00 p.m. “I’m parked in front of the market.” I have no idea what Manal is talking about. “Do you mean, on the way to Kufr Aqab?” “No, I live in Kufr Aqab. I am parked in front of the market.” Alright then. Manal is waiting for me in front of some market somewhere. I hazard a guess that…Read More... | 7 Comments
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