July 06, 2014

A Study In Contrasts

Last month, three Jewish youths were kidnapped by Palestinians. They were eventually found, murdered.

The Palestinians celebrated in the streets and even stoned the ambulance transporting their bodies. The "government" of the Palestinian Authority has made no effort to apprehend and punish the killers

One of the murdered young men, sixteen-year-old Naftali Frenkel, was an American citizen -- and the US government and media were virtually silent about that fact.

Contrast that with these linked stories about the murder of a Palestinian teen and the arrest and beating of his US citizen cousin by Israeli police.

Several people were arrested Sunday in connection with the murder of 16-year-old Muhammed Abu Khdeir, whose burned body was found in the Jerusalem forest on Wednesday morning, officials said Sunday.

The suspects are members of a Jewish extremist cell, the Shin Bet security agency said.

Officials suspect the killing was most likely carried out by Jewish extremists in revenge for the killing of three Israeli teenagers earlier in June.

Notice that -- less than a week between this terrible crime and the apprehension of the perpetrators by the Israeli government. And there has been no celebration by Israelis of this murder -- except among the most fringe elements of Israeli society, this murder has been condemned without reservation. There have been no celebrations in the streets by Jews -- though the Palestinians in Jerusalem have rioted.

Which leads to the second story.

Israeli police say a 15-year-old Palestinian-American who was severely injured during clashes with Israeli security forces last week has been sentenced to nine days of house arrest.

Police spokeswoman Luba Samri says a Jerusalem court on Sunday ordered Tariq Abu Khdeir to remain at home in the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Hanina.

Israeli police say an American teenager who was detained during violent protests over the killing of a Palestinian youth has been brought before a court.

* * *

Police say Tariq Abu Khdeir resisted arrest, attacked officers and was carrying a slingshot for lobbing stones when he was arrested.

The U.S. State Department said it was "profoundly troubled" by reports of his beating and demanded an investigation.

Yeah, that's right -- the kid was carrying a weapon used as a part of the riots. Oh, yeah -- and he resisted arrest. But most telling of all, the US government is taking great interest in making sure the Israelis do something about this happening to a US citizen -- a concern that never really extended to the kidnapped and murdered American teen. Indeed, the US media has been highlighting the beating of Tariq Abu Khdeir and the fact he was an American citizen, but rarely mentioned Frenkel's American citizenship -- even though he was an innocent in this entire affair and Khdeir clearly is not.

By the way -- there have been plenty of efforts in the media by "experts" to "explain" and "make Americans understand" why the three teens out for a hike were kidnapped and murdered by the terrorists, justifying their murders based upon the fact that they are Jews and Jews have no right to even be in their ancestral homeland. On the other hand, I'm certain that there will be no efforts made to make mainstream the views of the extremists who murdered Muhammed Abu Khdeir (which is totally unjustifiable) or event the beating of Tariq Abu Khdeir (which might have some sort of rational explanation). I guess that is just another one of the double standards at work here.

There is, of course, an obvious explanation. Anti-Semitism isn't nearly so unfashionable among America's liberal government and media elite today as is often claimed.

UPDATE: And lest we forget what else is going on over in Israel right now and is not being commented upon by US media or government officials -- more violence against Jews by Arabs. Also known as business as usual.

UPDATE 2: Yep -- maybe there is a rational explanation for the beating of Tariq Abu Khdeir.

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Um, so, let me get this straight: the American government is taking great interest in the case of a teen carrying and using a weapon during a violent demonstration, and resisting arrest, but didn't and doesn't give a rat's backside about Naftali Fraenkel and Andrew Tahmoressi?

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