Suspects in Arab murder are Mizrahim.


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Point of No Return: Jewish Refugees from Arab Countries.

The suspects are associated with La Familia, a racist gang of supporters of the Beitar Jerusalem football club

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.

Racist Beitar Jerusalem fans booing at Teddy Stadium (Photo: Reuters).

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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  1. Jools Ferguson

    The murder of ANY CHILD is wrong, no matter what the child’s nationality happens to be. Let us all keep lids on our emotions/reactions to these deplorable actions. Of course those responsible should be caught and punished, but leave it to the appropriate, RIGHT MINDED people deal with it, according to legal and just means!

  2. Seems the group they belong to has a history of violence and racism. When the football club signed up two Muslims to play for them they had to have security protection.,7340,L-4343434,00.html

  3. While shocking, it’s instructive how Israeli authorities and Israelis in general dealt with the suspects.
    There were no wild celebrations, no giving out sweets.
    The authorities arrested the men, who will go through the due process of law.

    This is the mark of a civilised society. Israel, like any other country, will have its share of racists and other offenders. But it’s how she deals with such offenders that marks her out as a shining light amidst a sea of barbaric Middle East governments.