Rachelle Fraenkel — the mother of the slain Naftali Fraenkel — strongly denounces the killing of the 16-year-old Muhammed Abu Khdeir, and offers condolences to the grieving family.
In a public statement given outside the Fraenkels’ Nof Ayalon home, Fraenkel says: “No mother or father should ever have to go through what we are going through, and we share the pain of Muhammed’s parents.”
“Even in the abyss of mourning for Gil-ad, Eyal and Naftali, it is difficult for me to describe how distressed we are by the outrage committed in Jerusalem – the shedding of innocent blood in defiance of all morality, of the Torah, of the foundation of the lives of our boys and of all of us in this country,” she says.
“Only the murderers of our sons, along with those who sent them and those who helped them and incited them to murder – and not innocent people – will be brought to justice: by the army, the police, and the judiciary; not by vigilantes.”
Fraenkel adds that despite “the pain of this terrible act, we take pride in our country’s zeal to investigate, to arrest the criminals and to stop the horror, and we hope that calm will return to the streets of our country.”
The bereaved mother emphasizes that the legacy of the three slain teenagers “is one of love, of humanity, of national unity, and of integrity.”