A Jewish anti-racism group has arranged to visit the mourning tent of the Abu Khdeir family in East Jerusalem later on Tuesday to offer condolences over the killing of Israeli Arab teenager Muhammed Abu Khdeir, allegedly by Jewish extremists.
The Tag Meir organization published details of the event on Facebook overnight Sunday and noted that the trip had been arranged with the approval of the family.
“The visit is coordinated with the Abu Khdeir family, which welcomes and is moved by our upcoming arrival at their mourning tent,” the group said.
As of Monday morning some 330 people had responded online that they intend to join in the event.
Tag Meir intends to arrange buses from the International Convention Center in Jerusalem at 4:00 p.m. to the family home in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Shuafat.
The discovery of Abu Khdeir’s burnt body in a Jerusalem forest last week sparked rioting in East Jerusalem centered in the Shuafat neighborhood.
On Sunday police arrested six Jewish suspects in connection with the killing, which was allegedly retaliation for the abduction and killing of three Jewish teens whose bodies were discovered last Monday near Hebron.
An uncle of Naftali Fraenkel, one of the slain Israeli teenagers, offered his condolences in a Sunday phone call to Hussein Abu Khdeir, the father of the slain Palestinian teen.
“We expressed our deep empathy with their sorrow, from one bereaved family to another bereaved family,” Yishai Fraenkel said. “I think it’s very good they seem to have found the culprits. We expressed our absolute disgust with what had happened. He accepted our statements; it was important for him to hear it.”
Also on Sunday, two Palestinians from the Hebron area paid a visit to the grieving Fraenkel family. The Palestinians, from the Gush Etzion area, were accompanied by the head of the Gush Etzion religious council, Rabbi Rafi Ostroff, to the Fraenkels’ Nof Ayalon residence, where the family was in the midst of the traditional seven-day mourning period.
In a statement last week the Fraenkels condemned the murder of Abu Khdeir, saying that “there is no difference when it comes to blood. Murder is murder; there is no justification, forgiveness or atonement for any murder.”
Fraenkel, 16, Eyal Yifrach, 19, and Gil-ad Shaar, 16, were abducted and killed on June 12 in the West Bank. Their bodies were uncovered in Halhul, near Hebron, last week after an 18-day search. Israel believes Hamas members Marwan Kawasme and Amer Abu Aysha, both from Hebron, are responsible, but the terror group denied its involvement and the two have yet to be apprehended.
Hours after the three were laid to rest last Tuesday afternoon, Abu Khdeir was snatched and burned to death.
Tag Meir, founded in 2011, describes itself as a grassroots Israeli organization working against racism. The name is a play on the Hebrew phrase for “Tag Mehir,” meaning “price tag,” a reference to attacks and vandalism by Jewish extremists.
Last week Tag Meir organized a demonstration in downtown Jerusalem to protest a wave of nationalistic calls for violence that swept the city a day earlier as the funerals of the murdered Israel teens were taking place in the city of Modiin.
Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.