Shuafat, Jerusalem – Jewish men and women gathered at the mourners tent of the 16-year-old Palestinian boy killed last week allegedly as a revenge murder by Jewish extremists.
Muhammad Abu Khdeir was murdered last week after three Israeli teenage boys were found dead after being abducted by members of Hamas. After the weeks of death and loss, Jews offered their condolences at to the Khdeir family on Tuesday reports The Times of Israel (http://bit.ly/1tljJeG).
They wondered, “What do we say?” questioning whether there is an Arabic equivalent of the Hebrew Hamakom Yenahem (May the Divine give comfort), typically said after a visit to a Jewish house of mourning.
The Abu Khdeir family welcomed Jewish visitors, part of the Israeli grassroots group Tag Meir, an organization created to combat Jewish hate crime. Seven buses came from downtown Jerusalem and Tel Aviv as part of the group.
Moshe Simchovitch, a 69-year-old Jerusalem resident, paid for Abu Khdeir’s obituary in Al-Quds, an Arabic daily paper. His words were read at the mourners’ tent.
Rabbi Yossi Slotnik came to Shuafat despite the danger of travel due to terrorist attacks, driven to travel past the danger and push it aside, “because it’s so important to come.”
Six Israelis are being held for the killing of Abu Khdeir, and some have confessed according to police.