The mother of one of the Israeli teens murdered in the West Bank last month has strongly condemned the subsequent killing of a Palestinian teenager in Jerusalem.
The bodies of the three teenagers were discovered last Monday, just over two weeks after they disappeared in the West Bank.
Hours after they were buried, 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khdeir was abducted from outside his home in east Jerusalem, and his charred remains were found shortly afterwards in a forest.
“It’s hard to describe how distressed we were over the outrage that happened in Jerusalem,” Rachelle Fraenkel, the mother of murdered teenager Naftali Fraenkel, told reporters outside her home in Nof Ayalon on Monday.
“The shedding of innocent blood is against morality, it’s against the Torah and Judaism, it’s against the basis of our life in this country,” she said, as her family ended seven days of mourning.
“No mother or father should go through what we are going (through) now, and we share the pain of the parents of Mohammad Abu Khdeir,” Fraenkel added.
In Jerusalem, protesters from Israel‘s religious right took to the streets to ask the government to take tougher action against Hamas in Gaza.
Israel accuses Hamas, the Islamic group that controls Gaza, of being behind the abduction of the three Jewish teenagers.