On December 23, 2015 in the heart of the Old City of Jerusalem, two Israelis were killed when stabbed by Palestinian Arab terrorists. Ofer Ben-Ari, 46, a married father of two and Rabbi Reuven Biermacher, 45, a father of seven children who was a Jewish educator at Aish HaTorah, were murdered. The scene of the attack is pictured above.
The terrorists were killed on the spot by Israeli police. In accordance with Israeli law, the homes of the terrorists are being destroyed, as Prime Minister Netanyahu’s government continues on a policy intended as he says “to prevent terror and deter and punish terrorists.”
Shockingly, Hamoked, an organization funded by the extremist American non-profit organization New Israel Fund (NIF), petitioned the High Court of Justice not to destroy the homes of terrorists. Yesterday, their petition was formally rejected by the court – and the terrorists' homes will be destroyed.
In the judgment, the justices dismissed the arguments raised by HaMoked in its petitions, and ruled that the military commander’s decision to demolish the homes was reasonable and balanced.
Why are terrorists who kill Jews being defended by an NIF-funded organization?
These two terrorists were both previously arrested for terrorism and imprisoned in the past. The father of one of the terrorists supported his actions, and Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, the official newspaper of the Palestinian Authority ran a headline reading “2 young people from Qalandiya died as Martyrs, and 2 settlers were killed in Jerusalem.”
On Facebook, Fatah, the party of Mahmoud Abbas, praised the terror attack and released "martyr" posters, noting "We (Fatah) celebrate the heroic stabbing mission that was carried by two of our sons, Issa Assaf and the martyr Annan Abu Habbsa from Qalandiya's refugee camp."
We say shame on Alisa Doctoroff of the UJA-Federation, shame on The Jewish Communal Fund and Karen R. Adler, shame on the Jim Joseph Foundation, shame on The Nathan Cummings Foundation, Sally Gottesman, the Jacob & Hilda Blaustein Foundation, Murray Koppelman, the Leichtag Foundation, Joan & Irwin Jacobs, and all the others who fund the New Israel Fund which supports Hamoked.
Authors: Hank Sheinkopf, CEO of Sheinkopf Communications is a leading political strategist who has worked on campaigns in four continents. His clients have included former President Bill Clinton. Ronn Torossian is CEO of one of the largest PR firms in the United States.