Muslim Sheikh Joins Prayer for Missing Jewish Teens

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 |  Israel Today Staff

The Times of Israel reports that a number of Palestinians, including a local sheikh, joined Israelis on Tuesday to pray for the safe return of abducted Jewish teens Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaar and Naftali Frenkel.

The prayer gathering was set up by the Tag Meir organization, which was created to demonstrate against acts of vandalism perpetrated by extremist Jewish youth against Arab targets.

Tag Meir spends most of its time visiting the sites of so-called “price tag” incidents, but its founder said he could not do so while ignoring blatant acts of Palestinian violence.

The Jewish families who joined the prayer vigil were clearly touched when Sheikh Ibrahim Al-Hawa from the Jerusalem neighborhood of A-Tur said that a great many local Arabs were also grieved by the abduction.

Another Palestinian peace activist, Ziad Sabatin, told the website that all people of faith, be they Jews, Muslims or Christians, should be praying for the safe return of the abducted youths.

Unfortunately, Sabatin seemed to draw some degree of moral equivalency between the kidnapped Jewish teens and Palestinians jailed by Israel for participating in acts of terror when he called on Israelis to also consider the latter.

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