Israelis, both government officials and private citizens, have reached out in heartfelt empathy to the family of Mohammad Abu Khdeir, the 16-year-old Arab boy who was murdered by Jewish extremists in Jerusalem last week.
“I want to express my shock, and the shock of all Israeli citizens, at the heinous murder of your son,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a phone call Monday morning to Hussein Abu Khdeir, father of the slain boy.
“We acted immediately afterward to locate the murderers, and they will be brought to justice,” Netanyahu added. “We reject all cruel behavior, and the murder of your son is heinous and cannot be accepted by any human being.”
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat also called the Abu Khdeir family to offer his sincere condolences and to firmly condemn the murder.
A day earlier, the uncle of one of the Jewish teenagers abducted and executed by Hamas terrorists last month phoned Abu Khdeir to comfort the Arab family.
“We expressed our deep empathy with their sorrow, from one bereaved family to another bereaved family,” Yishai Frenkel told the Ynet news portal. “There is no difference between those who murdered Mohammad, and those who murdered our children. Those are murderers, and these are murderers. And both must be dealt with to the full extent of the law, and we told him that.”
It was reported on Monday that the Israeli umbrella group Tag Meir, which advocates peaceful coexistence between Jews and Arabs, is organizing a mass visit to the Abu Khdeir mourning tent in eastern Jerusalem.
Meanwhile, two Palestinians from the Hebron area reciprocated by visiting the Frenkel home in central Israel as the family of Naftali Frenkel was sitting shiva, the traditional Jewish seven-day mourning period.
The Arab visitors were warmly welcomed by the Frenkel family, which was reportedly deeply touched by their arrival.
PHOTO: Mother of slain Arab teen Mohammad Abu Khdeir