Friday, February 5, 2016

Murderers of Mohammed Abu Khdeir Convicted

In the early morning of July 2, 2014 Mohammed Abu Khdeir, a Palestinian of East Jerusalem, 16 years of age, was abducted and murdered. He was forced into the perpetrators' car and driven to a forest. He was beaten up, tied up to a tree, forced to drink gasoline, and was burned alive.

How did PCG respond?

Some in PCG choose to respond with claiming that focusing on this act of murder somehow showed bias against Israel.

One tweet even insinuated others may have done the foul deed.

The link is to an Arutz Sheva article. In this instance that article proved completely wrong. We need to be careful about who we trust.

Two of the perpetrators have just been convicted. Another perpetrator pleaded insanity and his case will be resolved later.

On Thursday, an Israeli court gave lengthy prison sentences to two young Jews involved in the murder: one for life and the other for 21 years. Their names have not been made public because they were 16 at the time of the crime.

Mr. Abu Khdeir was killed the day after the emotional burial of three Israeli yeshiva students who had been kidnapped and brutally murdered by men affiliated with Hamas in the occupied West Bank, and his death was immediately seen as a revenge killing by Jewish extremists. The crime was condemned across the Israeli political spectrum.

The man who organized the murder of Mr. Abu Khdeir and the two teenagers who were sentenced on Thursday all confessed to a revenge killing and were found guilty in November. But the man — Yosef Haim Ben-David, the main defendant in the case — pleaded insanity at the last minute. The court will rule on his case later.

The court also ordered each of the teenagers to pay the Abu Khdeir family 30,000 shekels (about $7,700) in compensation. (New York Times, February 4, 2016.)

PCG thinks Jews are white because of the false doctrine of British Israelism. Palestinians are not favored in this way by PCG so PCG sides with one people against another. But when they hear of information that contradicts their sympathies they deny it or try to minimize it. We must must not favor people based on inaccurate perception of race.

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