Three Israeli teens’ deaths a war crime

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It’s a moment of moral clarity: Three teenagers were kidnapped and murdered for the simple reason that they were Jews.

Let’s not hear any rationalizations about “Israeli occupation” or “settlements” or “building in settlements.”

Eyal Yifrach, 19, Gilad Shaar, 16, and Naftali Frankel, 16, were targeted by Hamas killers as the three Israelis hitch-hiked in the disputed territory of the West Bank. They were kidnapped and, when one of them used his cell phone to call the police, shot to death, and their bodies were hastily buried. The only regret from any Hamas operative was that the teens weren’t alive to be used as pawns to negotiate the release of Palestinian terrorists from Israeli jails.

This is not just a crime, it’s a war crime. Hamas doesn’t quibble over the lands captured by Israel in the 1967 war, this terrorist organization is dedicated to war against all of Israel with the goal of exterminating the Jewish state.

It’s a war crime that reveals the genocidal ambitions of Hamas to achieve a final solution against the Jews who’ve lived in the Holy Land for millennia.

The “moderate” president of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, can’t escape the stain of these murders. The Fatah movement he heads called the civilian, non-combatant victims “soldiers.” Worse, as disclosed by Palestinian Media Watch, Fatah on its Facebook page depicted the three boys as mice, with a Star of David on their bodies, caught on hooks of a fishing rod.

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