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Israeli, Palestinian families of slain teens comfort each other

Multiplying justice requires us to rise above tribal identity and embrace Others as our neighbors.

Sigal Samuel writes in the Jewish Daily Forward:

The families of murdered Israeli teen Naftali Fraenkel and murdered Palestinian teen Mohammed Abu Khdeir are drawing comfort from an unexpected source: each other.

Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat took to Facebook on Sunday to write about an “emotional and special telephone conversation between two families that have lost their sons.” He said that during his visit to the Fraenkel family home, he had a chance to speak to Hussein Abu Khdeir, Mohammed’s father, and express pain at the “barbaric” murder of his son.

Barkat then suggested that Abu Khdeir speak to Yishai Fraenkel, the uncle of Naftali Fraenkel who recently told the press that “the life of an Arab is equally precious to that of a Jew. Blood is blood, and murder is murder, whether that murder is Jewish or Arab.” The two men took Barkat’s advice and comforted one another by telephone.

In a separate visit organized by Rabbi Rafi Ostroff, chair of the religious council of Gush Etzion, Palestinians from the Hebron area showed up at the door of the Fraenkel family, looking to comfort the bereaved.

Asked why they had come, one Palestinian said, “Things will only get better when we learn to cope with each other’s pain and stop getting angry at each other.”

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Palestinian sentenced to death for selling house to Jews

How can the Palestinian Authority advocate for the legitimate justice concerns of its citizens when it inflicts an injustice like this on its own?

Daniel Halper writes on National Review:

Former Palestinian intelligence official Muhammad Abu Shahala has reportedly been sentenced to death by the Palestinian Authority for selling a Hebron home to Jews. In response, Jewish officials from the community in Hebron are calling for international officials now to get involved—in order to save Abu Shahala’s life.

Two leaders of the Jewish community in Hebron wrote a letter addressed to Ban Ki-moon, Hillary Clinton, Benjamin Netanyahu, and other high-ranking officials, [saying in part] “It is appalling to think that property sales should be defined as a ‘capital crime’ punishable by death. The very fact that such a ‘law’ exists within the framework of the PA legal system points to a barbaric and perverse type of justice, reminiscent of practices implemented during the dark ages.”

Apparently the first law adopted by the PA after it was established in 1994 was the one that defined selling land to Jews as a capital offense.

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