Anti-Israel Groups React To Slain Israeli Teens With Deafening Silence

  • July 3, 2014

Ali Abunimah tweet

A tweet by Ali Abunimah after the boys' bodies were found on June 30, 2014.

Key groups and individuals that comprise the domestic anti-Israel movement in the United States failed to condemn the tragic murder of three Israeli teenage boys, Naf­tali Fraenkel, Gilad Shaar and Eyal Yifrach, following their kidnapping by Hamas terrorists on June 12.

The bodies of the Israelis were discovered on Monday after an 18-day search conducted by the Israeli military.

An ADL review of the social media profiles and websites of more than 25 of these leading anti-Israel groups and activists reveals that all except one group failed to acknowledge the kidnapping or condemn the murders. Many had the audacity to challenge the fact that the teens were even kidnapped at all.

In a July 2 statement, ADL’s National Director, Abraham Foxman condemned the silence of these groups and activists, saying:

“It is shocking and shameful that the same groups who swiftly condemn in the strongest terms any perceived misdeed by Israel do not seem to have an ounce of moral outrage left to speak out against the murder of three innocent Israeli teenagers. It is easy for these groups to pay lip service to principles of justice, human dignity and nonviolence...Those principles apparently do not extend to Israel.”

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