The funeral of 17 year old Muhammad Abu Khdeir, the boy who was abducted, brutally tortured, and burned to death, took place this morning.
— Joe Catron (@jncatron) July 4, 2014
The procession came under attack
The question of Who benefits? has reached the pages of Haaretz:
As well as taking advantage of the horrific murder of three Israeli teenagers to torpedo the Palestinian unity government and cut a swathe through Hamas, Israel’s government also used them as a particularly shoddy way of shoring up the bond between Israel and the Jewish Diaspora. . . .
But how much of this had anything to do with finding the three boys, whose fate was clearly known very soon after they were taken, I fail to understand. And there is something awfully distasteful about using this horror not only as an instrument of hasbara, or public diplomacy, but also for engineering Diaspora solidarity.
In the territories and across a surprisingly large spectrum of supporters of the Palestinian cause, there was a growing consensus that the whole affair was a false-flag operation. Qui bono, they asked – who benefits from these murders?
I don’t believe for a minute there’s an iota of truth in this absurd conspiracy theory. What I do ask, when I look at the hype and near-hysteria, the cruel succoring of false hope among family and community – is, who sought to benefit? Did the army or the government feed the families a baseless narrative that their children were still alive? If so, that’s unforgiveable.
I fear for what’s to come in the days ahead.
Perhaps we are now seeing the results of the ramping up of public emotion over the course of nearly three weeks in the reports of the first grisly revenge attacks (if you exclude the Palestinian casualties of the “search” operations from that category). These tragedies are a powerful and dangerous tool for nationalism.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is capitalizing on this horror to boost his public support. I guess that is what politicians do. But this cynicism in the name of Jewish unity, and in the name of the Diaspora, is sickening.
I grieve. Here is the story of one boy, just one Palestinian child.
— Sophia Abukhdeir (@SophiKader) July 4, 2014
This is Tareq, the 15 year old cousin of Muhammad Abu Khdeir.
— Ala K. (@ala_inW0nderlnd) July 4, 2014
Cousin Tarik got arrested, locked up &beat severely yesterday for throwing stones .(15 year old US citizen visiting) pic.twitter.com/2raPBuz0Kq
— Zak Abukhdair (@Ovo_tdb) July 4, 2014
Please, pray for Palestine.