At request from murdered Palestinian teen’s family, Mohammad Abu Khder’s name was removed from the Victims’ Memorial at Har Herzl, but they want to keep receiving the financial benefits.
By Gil Ronen
Following a request from Mohammad Abu Khder’s family, the murdered teenager’s name has been removed from the Victims of Acts of Terror Memorial at Mount Herzl.
The Abu Khder family say that they do not consider themselves Israelis, and that they only found out about Mohammad’s inclusion from the media.
The inclusion of Abu Khder raised many eyebrows since Abu Khder was not murdered by enemies of Israel.
However, according to media watchdog Presspectiva, while the story was widely reported in Israel and also reported in the British Guardian and Chinese Xinhua, among other outlets, this is not the first time that an Arab who was murdered by Jews was added to the memorial wall.
According to Presspectiva, Michael Bahout of Shefaram, who was murdered by Eden Natan Zada in 2005, also appears on the wall, as do Hamis Tutanji, who was murdered by three Jews in a taxi in 1985, and Samir Balbisi, who was murdered by Jack Teitel in 1997.
Even the name of Mohammed Abed Raba, who was mistakenly shot and killed by IDF soldiers in the Etzion Bloc Tunnels Road in 2002 is included on the wall, says the watchdog group.
Ron Kehrmann, whose 17-year-old daughter Tal was murdered in a suicide terror attack on a Haifa bus in 2003, expressed his dismay on Tuesday over the fact that the name of Abu Khder had been added to the Har Herzl memorial.
“We discovered this yesterday, and it’s outrageous, we do not understand on what basis they added his name to the monument,” Kehrmann told Arutz Sheva as Israelis prepared to observe Memorial Day.
“This monument was established in honor of those who paid the price of the fight for the sovereignty and independence of the State of Israel, in memory of Israelis who were killed and murdered because of the renewal of Jewish settlement in the Land of Israel,” he continued.
“Abu Khder does not meet any of the above criteria. With all the pain, he was killed by criminals, why does his name appear on Mount Herzl alongside all those soldiers who gave their lives for the creation of Israel?” said Kehrmann.
Abu Khder, who lived in Shuafat, in northern Jerusalem, was abducted, murdered and set on fire on July 2, 2014 by three Jews, two of whom were minors. The defendants in the murder case said they were acting in revenge for the abduction and murder of three yeshiva boys, Naftali Frenkel (16), Gilad Sha’ar (16), and Eyal Yifrah (19), who were abducted June 12 and murdered.
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