Amid the escalating tension in Jerusalem following the murder of 17-year-old Mohammad Abu Kheider, condemnations for the killing were heard from around the world.
US Secretary of State John Kerry, who spoke with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu about the developments on Wednesday, quickly issued a statement saying Washington “condemns in the strongest possible terms the despicable and senseless abduction and murder” of Abu Khdeir. “It is sickening to think of an innocent 17 year old boy snatched off the streets and his life stolen from him and his family. There are no words to convey adequately our condolences to the Palestinian people.”
Kerry said those “who undertake acts of vengeance only destabilize an already explosive and emotional situation. We look to both the Government of Israel and the Palestinian Authority to take all necessary steps to prevent acts of violence and bring their perpetrators to justice. The world has too often learned the hard way that violence only leads to more violence and at this tense and dangerous moment, all parties must do everything in their power to protect the innocent and act with reasonableness and restraint, not recrimination and retribution.”