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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a condolence call Monday to the father of a Palestinian teenager who was kidnapped and murdered Wednesday in an apparent revenge attack for the killing of three Israeli teenagers last month.

In his phone call to Hussein Abu Khieder, the prime minister expressed his outrage over the “reprehensible” murder of 16-year-old Mohammad Abu Khieder, who had been sitting alone outside his family’s home in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Shuafat when he was abducted. Six Israeli Jews were arrested Sunday, suspected of his murder for what security officials called “nationalistic” motives.

“We denounce all brutal behavior; the murder of your son is abhorrent and cannot be countenanced by any human being,” Netanyahu said. “We will bring them to trial,” he said of the suspects, “and they will be dealt with to the fullest extent of the law.”

Netanyahu’s call to the Abu Khieder family came as tensions escalated in southern Israel, along the border with the Gaza Strip. In the early hours of Monday, Israel pounded targets in central Gaza in response to more than 25 rockets fired into its territory on Sunday.

Seven Hamas members and two other people were reported killed in the airstrikes. An additional 10 militants were injured. A spokesman of the militant Islamist group Hamas, Sami Abu Zuhri, accused Israel of escalating tensions and said a price would be paid. Israel Radio reported that Islamic Jihad, another radical group in Gaza, also released a statement blaming Israel for the escalation.

On Sunday, Israel reckoned with rising homegrown extremism as it arrested six Jewish suspects who are believed to have burned Mohammad Abu Khieder to death in revenge for the killing of three Israeli teens.

The arrests shocked those on both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian divide — Palestinians because many had assumed Israel would never act against its own, and Israelis because there had been widespread doubt that Jews could have carried out such a heinous crime.

Sunday’s action could help defuse what has been seen as a dangerous swelling of Palestinian anger, with violent protests in East Jerusalem and Arab towns in northern Israel feeding fears of a budding intifada, or uprising. Demonstrators who have called for such a revolt against the Israeli occupation have decried a lack of justice and had bitterly predicted that Abu ­Khieder’s killers would never face trial.

But by arresting the suspects, the Israeli government must confront ­extremist elements within its ­society.

Human rights advocates have long warned of an alarming rise in anti-Arab vandalism and vigilante attacks carried out by Jewish extremists. Such incidents are referred to by their perpetrators as the “price tag” for what they see as Israeli government concessions to the Palestinians.

“This a shock for most Israeli Jews, and I think it’s a kind of wake-up call,” Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni said in an interview Sunday evening. “This is something that will change the way people think, and it will lead to a better understanding that we need to act when we see even the smallest signs of incitement, whether it is on Internet sites or price-tag attacks.”

Livni said the conflict is “not just between the Israelis and the Palestinians, it is within Israel between different Israeli citizens, and this is what worries me the most.”

Visiting the home of one of the Israeli teens slain last month after being abducted in the West Bank, Netanyahu said Abu Khieder’s killers would “face the full weight of the law.”

But he also called on the Palestinian Authority, which controls some areas of the West Bank, to go after the killers of the Israelis — Naftali Fraenkel and Gilad Shaar, both 16, and 19-year-old Eyal ­Yifrach. Israel blames the killings on Hamas, and it arrested hundreds of the group’s members during its 18-day search for the teens. But the assailants are thought to ­remain at large.  Read more…

BY RUTH EGLASH, SUFIAN TAHA AND GRIFF WITTE
Published in the Washington Post on 7 July, 2014 http://www.washingtonpost.com

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rob July 10, 2014 - 7:38 am

Były to wskazówki nie lada, za małe wszakże, aby mury rezydencji Radziwiłłowskiej przeniknąć. A le tym razem – odkomarzanie – wbrew dotychczasowemu obyczajowi, że o tym, co się w pałacu działo, wieść z Leszna wędrowała w głąb miasta – wieść ta przyszła na Leszno po przepierzeniu wszystkich zaułków stolicy. Dotąd szła była od kredensów i antykamer na wielkopańskie komnaty, a teraz znów z komnat przedzierała się do służbowych izb. I wieść ta nade wszystko uzasadniła częste odwiedziny im ci pana Wóycickiego. Książe generał był chory, a podobno nawet mocno okaleczony w pojedynku z panem starostą bełskim. Pojedynek ten jak mówiono miał się odbyć pod Łazienkami , w obecności Grotusa i księcia Augusta sułowskiego , pisarza wielkiego koronnego, a zakończył się nie tylko bolesną Dezynsekcja Warszawa lecz nadto mocna zwadą, którą rozprawę honorową zamieniła niemal w zgoła niekawalerska awanturę , tak że owo spotkanie raczej początkiem było rankoru niż jego zakończeniem. Już ci i teraz znów, mówiąc o pojedynku, każdy na swój sposób mieszał imiona księżnej generałowej , murzynka , Nastki a nade wszystko imć panny Gertrudy Komorowskiej, i każdy, według swego upodobania czy sentymentu, jedna lub drugą stronę oskarżał. Na jedno godzili się zarówno stronnicy pana starosty bełskiego, jak i poplecznicy księcia, a mianowicie, ze się na tym rzecz nie skończy i że jeden drugiego rozumu nauczyć potrafi i ze to zajście niechybnie odbije się na pluskwa domowa, a kto wie czy nie zaważy w sprawach publicznych. Gdy cała stolica Rzeczpospolitej jak najżywiej zajmowała się tymi wypadkami, a wszelkich dokładała starań, byle ciekawość swoją jakimś tam, kędy ty to największe powinno wywrzeć wrażenie, a wiec w ustronnym pałacyku księżnej generałowej. http://www.edddperfekt.pl/odkomarzanie/

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