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July 3, 2014

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.”

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July 1, 2014

Looking for Meaning in the Tragedy of Eyal, Gilad and Naftali

Today, thousands across Israel gathered  to remember and mourn Naftali Fraenkel, Gilad Shaar and Eyal Yifrach, who were found dead 18 days after their abduction.


Concern for the fate of the 3 teens, Naftali, 16, Gilad, 16 and Eyal, 19, mobilized Israelis and their supporters around the globe.   Prayer vigils and rallies were held, social media campaigns launched, across Israel volunteers lined up to search for the boys and to provide support and sustenance to the families and the searchers.

Now, just as Israelis united in support for the boys, they are joining together to mourn and search for meaning in this tragedy.

Many are taking lessons from the teens’ families whose composure and public strength throughout this ordeal inspired and amazed.   As columnist David Weinberg relates in Yisrael Hayom:

“(The) bereaved parents modeled for us not just indomitable personal character. They modeled for us spiritual strength; a healthy blend of religious devotion and rationality. Of this-worldness and other-worldness. Of pragmatism and values. Of self-interest and selflessness. Of coolly calculated tactics and naturally-flowing love…They gave Israelis a model for religious commitment, national unity and brotherly love not only in times of crisis but also in everyday life; throughout all regular seasons of our rough-and-tumble spiritual-social-political life.”

Member of Knesset, Dov Lipman, writes in The Jerusalem Post, that while the crisis heightened the sense of Jewish unity, it is always there:

“I view these last 18 days as a gust of wind.  The air is always there but it takes a gust of wind to remind us that air surrounds us at all times. The unity, love and caring among Jews is always there. These last 18 days simply reminded us of this phenomenon.”

And for American immigrant to Israel, Judy Krasna, reflecting in The Times of Israel , the message today is about Israeli unity and resiliency:

“After eighteen years in Israel, I have learned that we honor our dead by living. No one that I know wanted to go to work today, but everyone that I know went anyway. It’s what we do in the face of tragedy. We function. We may take a break to cry every once in a while, but we do what we need to do. Our thoughts are never far from those three boys and their families; there are no distractions great enough to dull our pain…So today I am going to leave my house. If I start to cry in the middle of the produce aisle, no one will look at me as if I have lost my mind. Chances are that a total stranger will offer me a tissue to wipe my tears and then take out a tissue to wipe her own.”

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June 18, 2014

Social Media Campaigns Glorify Kidnapping of the Three Israeli Teens

Alongside the outpouring of concern on social media for the safe return of the three Israeli teens kidnapped last Thursday, including a twitter campaign with the slogan #bringbackourboys, exists a cynical, hateful and dangerous campaign praising the kidnapping.

The pro-kidnapping messages, being promoted by some Palestinians and others across the Arab and Muslim world, are conveyed through pictures, cartoons, blog posts, memes and even songs.

The most prominent is the “Three Fingers” campaign, representing the three kidnapped youths. This is a variation on the four-finger salute adopted by the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood in their fight against current President and former general Abdul Fatah Al-Sisi, and in support of ousted president Muhammad Morsi. Social media images depict adults and children performing a three-finger salute in solidarity with the kidnappers. In some photos, objects, such as three bananas, are used as props to recreate the salute, and similar themes have also appeared in cartoons in Arabic-language newspapers.

The other element to the pro-kidnapping campaign is the invocation of former Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who was held captive by Hamas for five years and released in 2011 in exchange for Israel freeing 1027 Palestinian terrorists. A Facebook page titled “Three Shalits” calls on the public to share pictures of themselves holding up three fingers in support of a similar exchange of the kidnapped Israeli teens for additional Palestinians in Israeli jails. Some of the captions suggest that each kidnapped boy should be released in exchange for 1027 Palestinians, bringing the total number to 3081.

The pro-kidnapping social media campaign also includes a song praising the kidnappers called “A Handful of Shalits.” The singer says “We’ve got you all, Shalits,” which is followed up by a call to Palestinians in Israeli prisons that their release is near.

A different, and no less disturbing campaign, also exists on the other extreme in the form of a Hebrew Facebook page calling for “the execution of one terrorist every hour until the teens are released.” The page has already garnered almost 20,000 likes, and contains selective Biblical quotations and other statements to support violent reprisals to the kidnapping of the three Israeli teens.

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