Point of No Return: Jewish Refugees from Arab Countries.
Israel announced yesterday it had arrested six Israeli Jews wanted in the murder of Palestinian youth, Mohamed Abu Khdeir. Three were later released.
The leader of the suspects is apparently Ezra Batzri, the grandson of a well-known Jerusalem rabbi and a member of the Jerusalem Beitar racist fan club, La Familia. Batzri is from Har Nof, a primarily Orthodox neighborhood in Jerusalem with a large Mizrahi (oriental) population.
Murder is murder, whether of a Palestinian youth or the three Jewish teenagers last week near Gush Etzion. La Familia represent the most extremist fringe of the ‘bad boys’ of football. The reprehensible activities of La Familia have caused a wave of popular revulsion in Israel. They can never be condoned or rationalised. They must be condemned in the strongest terms.
If only the great mass of Palestinians would condemn the kidnapping and brutal murder of the Jewish teenagers as vigorously – instead of gleefully putting up the three-finger salute of approval and handing out sweets in celebration.
The involvement of Mizrahim in the despicable murder of Mohamed Abu Khdeir is utterly deplorable. Might persecution in Arab countries just have something to do with their anti-Arab racism? While it can never excuse it, it might explain some of their behaviour.
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