Palestinian Killed for Befriending Jews
by: Cheryl Hancock
While living in a small country community known as a ‘Moshav’ in Israel, I remember meeting an Arab man named Abdul who was hired by my Jewish Landlord for construction work. Abdul lived in a near-by Arab village.
He was well liked by everyone on the Moshav, which at that time was made up of myself Jewish families who immigrated from Iraq in the 1950’s. Abdul was very personable, always laughing and joking, but also a hard worker. He was invited into many homes for meals and was treated as family among the Jews, as were other Arabs who worked on the Moshav. It was wonderful to witness Jews and Arabs working and living together. Unfortunately, it is not as common anymore in Israel.
One day I saw an older Arab man riding toward us on a donkey. He stopped to talk with my landlord and his wife. Suddenly she began wailing and crying hysterically! I ran to them and my landlord said, “Abdul was accused by the Palestinian Authority (PA) of collaborating with the ‘enemy’, with us, the Jews! So, they killed him”. He was so angry and hurt over Abdul’s death.
The man on the Donkey was Abdul’s father who told us that Abdul tried to tell the PA that he was only working to provide for his family. But the PA still charged Abdul with collaborating with the enemy, and being a traitor to his people”.
Abdul’s father took pictures from his pocket to show us. Tears began to stream down his cheeks as we gazed at the images in shock! He said to us, “Look what they have done to my son!”
We saw that Abdul’s ankles were tied to the back bumper of a car, and was told that they drove through the streets of his village dragging Abdul’s body for all to see. This horrible murder of Abdul sent a clear warning to the ‘Palestinian’ people, “Do not embrace our enemy, the Jews as your friend, witness the fate of a traitor”.
Abdul’s father said, “They didn’t stop, even after they killed Abdul!”
You see the problem here is that many Jews and Arabs have grown close to one another because they have worked together and live together as neighbors. Many of them have come to care for each other through the years, but don’t be deceived, the ‘Palestinian’ people are not free, not even to choose their friends.