Comparing teenager Muhammad Abu Khdeir’s murder to Palestinian terrorism is propaganda, Almagor Terror Victims Association director Lt.-Col. (res.) Meir Indor wrote on Monday in a letter to MKs, ministers and Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein.
Indor condemned the murder and called for the government to provide welfare services to the victim’s family.
Indor said, however, “The response should not be comparable to that which the government has to decades of organized, systematic Palestinian terrorism – such as destroying houses.”
Almagor opposes adding Abu Khdeir to the official list of victims of terror in Israel as well as razing his murderers’ homes.
“This is not discrimination between Jewish blood and Arab blood, because we do think that when Arabs are killed by enemy terrorists, they should be part of the family of Israeli terror victims and should be treated the same way as Jews,” the letter reads.
“The vast majority of Israelis opposed the murder of Abu Khdeir, and we see that in the very small number of acts of revenge,” Indor added.
He pointed out that the Palestinian Authority financially supports those who kill Jews and glorifies them with official ceremonies when they are released in deals with Israel. Indor said that terrorism is supported by the Palestinian public.
Conversely, Abu Khdeir’s killers are “lone vigilantes and stray weeds who were condemned and rejected and vomited out from society immediately when the results of the [murder] investigation were publicized,” Indor explained.
Unlike Palestinians, Israeli terrorists are punished as harshly as possible and are not freed in negotiations, the Almagor director wrote.
“Therefore, we need to deter Palestinian terrorists by destroying houses and exiling their families, while [it is not necessary for Israelis, because] murder for revenge is sporadic on the Jewish side,” he stated.