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Families of Slain Israeli and Palestinian Teens Turn to Each Other for Comfort


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Carrie
- 203 days ago - forward.com
In a separate visit organized by Rabbi Rafi Ostroff, chair of the religious council of Gush Etzion, Palestinians from the Hebron area showed up at the door of the Fraenkel family, looking to comfort the bereaved.



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Birgit W. (154)
Sunday July 6, 2014, 4:20 pm
What a wonderful article. Those two families are much smarter than our politicians.
 

GGmaSheila D. (169)
Sunday July 6, 2014, 5:37 pm
Thank you for this article. It's the way things might be if the politicians and outside infuences left them alone.
 

Eleonora Oldani (46)
Sunday July 6, 2014, 5:51 pm
Not sure if everybody follows the link I think it useful to copy the whole article here with all the beauty of compassion and empathy that it entails. This reminds me so much of the examples Arik Frankenthal and Nurit Peled and countless others on both sides have given. Truly inspiring!

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The families of murdered Israeli teen Naftali Fraenkel and murdered Palestinian teen Mohammed Abu Khdeir are drawing comfort from an unexpected source: each other.

Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat took to Facebook on Sunday to write about an “emotional and special telephone conversation between two families that have lost their sons.” He said that during his visit to the Fraenkel family home, he had a chance to speak to Hussein Abu Khdeir, Mohammed’s father, and express pain at the “barbaric” murder of his son.

Barkat then suggested that Abu Khdeir speak to Yishai Fraenkel, the uncle of Naftali Fraenkel who recently told the press that “the life of an Arab is equally precious to that of a Jew. Blood is blood, and murder is murder, whether that murder is Jewish or Arab.” The two men took Barkat’s advice and comforted one another by telephone.

In a separate visit organized by Rabbi Rafi Ostroff, chair of the religious council of Gush Etzion, Palestinians from the Hebron area showed up at the door of the Fraenkel family, looking to comfort the bereaved.

Asked why they had come, one Palestinian said, “Things will only get better when we learn to cope with each other’s pain and stop getting angry at each other. Our task is to give strength to the family and also to take a step toward my nation’s liberation. We believe that the way to our liberation is through the hearts of Jews.”

He later said that the visit went very well from his perspective. “They received us very, very nicely. The mother [Rachel Fraenkel] was incredible.”

“I see before me a Jewish family who has lost a son opening the door to me,” he added. “That’s not obvious. It touched my heart and my nation.”

The Palestinian visitors also mentioned an initiative spearheaded by Jews and Muslims to transform July 15, the Jewish fast day known as 17 Tammuz, into a joint fast day for people of both religions who wish to express their desire to end violence in the region.

 

daryl bishop (314)
Sunday July 6, 2014, 6:56 pm
it is so sad that the death of these two kids is what it took to bring peace to both sides. if it couldjust continue into peace for both sides.
 

Vicky P. (465)
Sunday July 6, 2014, 7:15 pm
that's sweet
 

Ros G. (87)
Sunday July 6, 2014, 10:31 pm
Thanks for the article Carrie and thank you Dear Eleonora for the reprint of it....great outcome....best leave it to the people and not the Politicians......Peace may come sooner than later
 

caroline s. (80)
Sunday July 6, 2014, 11:25 pm
I agree with above comments: those two families are so much smarter than the politicians....
 

Pat A. (116)
Monday July 7, 2014, 8:24 am
God bless all involved in this - good is being brought out of evil, which is a most wonderful miracle!

"Asked why they had come, one Palestinian said, “Things will only get better when we learn to cope with each other’s pain and stop getting angry at each other. Our task is to give strength to the family and also to take a step toward my nation’s liberation. We believe that the way to our liberation is through the hearts of Jews.” "

If only we all thought like that - and IF ONLY our politicians thought like that!

 

Pat A. (116)
Monday July 7, 2014, 8:27 am
Carrie - am having trouble with my computer - the cursor is behaving as though it has had a few drinks too many - I' don't think I will be able to comment on any more stories, it is so uncontrollable! Am praying for you all to have rain in Santa Fe....
 

Barry T. (906)
Monday July 7, 2014, 12:52 pm
noted & shared.

Sometimes something beautiful and revealing can come from tragedy. perhaps we can learn that we are all one, that we can share love and compassion - and that is the path to healing and to peace
 

HELEN V. (54)
Wednesday July 9, 2014, 6:56 pm
This is a ray of hope in an otherwise dismal picture of what is happening in the whole of the Middle East, where the violence only seems to escalate. The victims of this violence are a product of the politicians on all sides.

What a tragedy to lose your children to senseless violence.
 
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