AIJAC (Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council) reiterates its unequivocal condemnation of the horrific abduction and murder of 16-year-old Muhammad Abu Khdeir on July 2 in Jerusalem.
We commend the Israeli police for their speedy investigation and arrest of six Jewish suspects in bringing those responsible for this heinous crime to justice.
The likelihood that this abhorrent and deplorable murder was a revenge attack for the brutal kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers is not only morally repugnant but antithetical to Jewish tradition and Israel’s core values as a nation founded on the principle that everyone must act and be accountable according to the rule of law.
We extend our deepest condolences to the Khdeir family, as well as to our friends and colleagues in the Arab community who expect, and deserve, more from Israeli society than what has been perpetrated by extremists of this ilk, who do not in any way reflect the views of the overwhelming majority of Israelis who wish to live in mutually respectful peace and harmony.
Mark Leibler AC
Dr. Colin Rubenstein AM