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Four Horrific Killings

July 8, 2014

Letters to the Editor
The New York Times

To the Editor:

Re “Four Horrific Killings” (Editorial, July 8):

For 18 days, the Times editorial page remained silent as the search for the missing Israeli teens continued and as segments of Palestinian society reacted to the discovery of their dead bodies with extremist rhetoric, street dancing, a social media campaign celebrating the deaths, and the passing out of candy and sweets. 

That silence ended once a Palestinian teenager had been killed, giving you license to decry “hostilities and recriminations” generally before pointing the finger of blame primarily at Israel and its leadership.

The editorial’s primary focus -- on the actions of the Jewish extremists -- fails to shed light on the fact that this crime has been repeatedly, clearly and unequivocally condemned by Israeli officials from the prime minister on down. Meanwhile, the Palestinian Authority and Hamas get a pass -- even as its leaders heap praise on the killers of Israelis and rockets aimed at civilians and children continued to fly.

Something is seriously amiss here. It leads one to wonder: Would the Times have been silent in the unlikely possibility it was three Palestinian teens who had been kidnapped in the first place?

The one thing that we know for certain is that no square or street in Israel will be named in honor of the six murders of Muhammad Abu Khdeir.

Sincerely,

The Anti-Defamation League