Last Update: Wednesday, August 27, 2014
|Israeli Teens Killed|
|Written by San Fernando Valley Sun|
|Thursday, 03 July 2014 03:16|
LOS ANGELES (CNS) - The killing of three Israeli teenagers strikes at the heart of the Jewish community in Los Angeles, especially those with a child, grandchild, niece or nephew in Israel, officials from the Simon Wiesenthal Center said Monday, June 30th.
The bodies of Israeli-born American citizen Naftali Fraenkel, 16, Eyal Yifrach, 16, and Gilad Shaar, 19 were found by the Israeli army buried in a rock pile near the West Bank city of Hebron. The teens went missing June 12.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the teens "were kidnapped and murdered in cold blood by human animals. ... Hamas is responsible and Hamas will pay.''
During a news conference, Rabbi Marvin Hier, dean and founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles, called on President Barack Obama to take action against Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.
"Mr. President, the United States says to you, you have a choice. Do you want peace, or do you want to be in business with the murderers of children?'' Hier said.
Hier added that after 9/11, the United States went after terrorists. "That's exactly what Israel is going to do and so they should,'' Hier said.
Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, said he believes Obama must tell the Palestinian people that peace and Hamas are mutually exclusive.
"This is a crime that is a very personal crime that has shattered the illusions of many people and is forcing people on all sides of the political fence to re-evaluate their approach to the people in the Middle East,'' Cooper said.
The teens were apparently kidnapped when they were hitchhiking home from school. During the search for the teens, Israeli authorities arrested about 300 Palestinians who Israel said were Hamas activists.
Hamas officials have neither confirmed nor denied involvement in the kidnapping and killings.