It’s not just Israeli Jews who have been killed by the Palestinian Authority and Hamas terrorists whom Kerry and Abbas are trying to free. It’s also Israeli Christians and even Muslims.
Easy-going and quiet-spoken, Orhan Turk, 37, is an unlikely hard-liner. But as diplomats work feverishly around the clock to salvage the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, which would include the release of Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails, Turk is fervently hoping they’ll fail.
Turk is an Arab Israeli. “We’re Muslims,” he says, “but just regular” — he prays but is not particularly observant.
Sabriya, his older sister, was Israel’s heavy-weight boxing champion, “just like Mike Tyson,” Turk says proudly. When he was 12 and she was 21, Sabriya was one of seven people killed by Mahmud and Muhammad Halaby, Gazan brothers dispatched by Hamas to Tel Aviv with explicit instructions to kill Arabs and Jews.
Sabriya was near home, at a kiosk known for its excellent toasted cheese sandwiches, when she heard a friend screaming in the apartment above. Sabriya went up, and was bludgeoned over the head with a 22 pound hammer and strangled till she died.
It later emerged that Mahmud Halaby was a Hamas operative, and that the murders in Jaffa had been ordered to expiate the dishonor brought about by his brother Muhammad’s collaboration with the Israeli secret service. Turk says “they were told that killing an Israeli Arab is as good as killing a Jew.”
Turk is now a brand new father. A professional musician, he co-owns a recording studio in a Tel Aviv suburb. And neither he nor his family understand why the men convicted of killing Sabriya are now up for release as part of the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.
“[Abbas] is asking for them both. What kind of business is it of his, anyway?” Turk says. “I don’t really care who or what they are, Jews, Muslims, whatever: They killed Israeli citizens and they should serve out their term.”
Unfortunately supporters of the Palestinian Authority, including Obama and Kerry, agree to treat murderers as freedom fighters. And that’s the root of the problem.