Bereaved Israeli Family Consoles Father of Murdered Palestinian Teen

Jerusalem mayor during condolence visit to family of Naftali Fraenkel connects them with family of Mohammed Abu Khdeir.

The Fraenkel family at their Nof Ayalon home, June 15, 2014. Omer Meiron / Walla

Two bereaved families, one Israeli and one Palestinian established contact Sunday, during a condolence visit by Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat at the Nof Ayalon home of Naftali Fraenkel, one of the three Israeli teens kidnapped and murdered in the West Bank.

During the visit, Barkat called Hussein Abu Khdeir, the father of Mohammed Abu Khdeir, a 16-year-old Palestinian whose body was found in the Jerusalem Forest last week. Barkat offered his condolences, and at the end of the call asked Hussein Abu Khdeir and Yishai Fraenkel, Naftali Fraenkel's uncle, if they wish to speak. Fraenkel expressed his condolences, and added that he was horrified to learn that Khdeir's murderers were Jews.

The two agreed that the families of the three Jewish victims would soon pay a condolence visit to Abu Khdeir's family over the death of their son.

Naftali Fraenkel was kidnapped along with Gilad Shaar and Eyal Yifrah from a hitchhiking station near the West Bank settlement of Gush Etzion in mid-June, and were most likely murdered soon thereafter. Their bodies were discovered last week.

Abu Khdeir was kidnapped early Wednesday morning, the day after the boys' funerals. His burnt body was found an hour later in the Jerusalem Forest.