Four months after the grisly slaying of Mohammed Abu Khdeir, his killers faced Jerusalem district court judges today to enter their pleas. Instead of responding to the charges, Yosef Haim Ben-David, the 29-year old settler from the Adam settlement and ringleader of the abduction, and two 16-year-old Israeli accomplices were all granted continuances. “I do not hope for anything from the Israeli court because it is a racist court,” said the deceased’s father Hussein Abu Khdeir, continuing, “It judges for the Israelis, not the Arabs.”
Maybe you saw that a top minister in Israel’s government accused John Kerry, the US secretary of state, of anti-Semitism? Naftali Bennett’s accusation is not singular. As Israel grows more isolated in world opinion the anti-Semitism charge is being thrown around in a new way, at a new crowd.