Mother of slain Israeli youth distressed by ‘eye for an eye’ reaction, offers condolences to family of slain Palestinian youth

A glimmer of bravery, decency and humanity in troubled times:

Bereaved mother offers condolences to slain Arab teen’s family

The Times of Israel, 7 July, 2014, reports:

“After Jewish suspects reenact murder of Muhammed Abu Khdeir, Rachelle [Sprecher] Fraenkel says she is distressed by immoral ‘shedding of innocent blood’

“Rachelle [Sprecher] Fraenkel, the mother of slain teen Naftali Fraenkel, offered her condolences Monday evening [7 July 2014] to the family of 16-year-old Muhammed Abu Khdeir, whose burned body was found in the Jerusalem forest on Wednesday morning after he was apparently murdered by a group of Jewish extremists. Several of six Jewish suspects arrested for Abu Khdeir’s murder reenacted the crime earlier Monday, police said.

“‘Even in the abyss of mourning for Gil-Ad, Eyal and Naftali, it is difficult for me to describe how distressed we are by the outrage committed in Jerusalem – the shedding of innocent blood in defiance of all morality, of the Torah, of the foundation of the lives of our boys and of all of us in this country,’ Fraenkel said.”

Read the full article here.


On Rachelle Sprecher Fraenkel:
According to National Israel News (2 July, 2014), “Rachelle [Sprecher] Fraenkel became a public leader, a national heroine and, just as important, a religious heroine as well, over the 18 days that her son and his friends were missing. Both men and women looked up to her because of her restraint, her faith and the profound statements she made about the prayers being offered for the three boys’ return.”
“Rachelle Sprecher Fraenkel … is the director of the Advanced Halakha Program at Matan, a high-level women’s institute of Jewish studies in Jerusalem, which despite its pioneering feminist nature has remained within the social conventions of Orthodox society. Sprecher Fraenkel also teaches Jewish law at Nishmat, another women’s institution of high-level Jewish learning in Jerusalem. In both places she is called ‘Rabbanit,’ a title usually reserved for rabbis’ wives, but in her case it stands on its own, given to her by virtue of her learning.”
(Read full article here.)


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One Response to Mother of slain Israeli youth distressed by ‘eye for an eye’ reaction, offers condolences to family of slain Palestinian youth

  1. Margret says:

    It has long been suspected that Israel acted on flimsy pretexts when they ransacked Gaza following the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers in June 2014:

    According to MondoWeiss on 26 July, 2014 – mondoweiss. net/2014/07/ killed-turning-onslaught. html – on 25 July 2014, “Jon Donnison of the BBC pulled the rug out from under the Israeli government’s pretext for the Gaza onslaught with a series of tweets about a conversation he’d had with Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld about the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teens in the West Bank in June.
    “The boys were not killed by Hamas, Rosenfeld told Donnison, as he reported on Twitter:
    ‘Israeli police MickeyRosenfeld tells me men who killed 3 Israeli teens def lone cell, hamas affiliated but not operating under leadership – Seems to contradict the line from Netanyahu government. – […] Rosenfeld also said if kidnapping had been ordered by Hamas leadership, they’d have known about it in advance. – […] Rosenfeld said lone cells much harder to track. Said they would find whoever was now protecting the two suspects. – When this is over, there remain a lot of unanswered questions about kidnapping and killing of three Israeli teenagers.'” (Donnison tweets of 25/26 July 2014, as reported by Adam Horowitz and Phil Weiss on July 26, 2014 at mondoweiss .net)
    “This version of events is so important, because what the Weapons of Mass Destruction were to the Iraq war — a dubious pretext — the three teens are to the Gaza onslaught.”
    Please see the Mondoweiss page for a review of events.

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