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

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.”