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Delegation of Israels and Palestinians pays their respects

(JNS) An Israeli-Palestinian delegation arrived at the home of Ori Ansbacher, the 19-year-old girl murdered by a Palestinian terrorist, in the settlement of Tekoa to pay a condolence visit. The delegation included activists from the Tag Meir group, which combats hate crimes by both Palestinians and Israelis; MK Mossi Raz (Meretz); New Israel Fund director Mickey Gitzin; and about 10 Palestinians who live in villages near Tekoa who were friendly with peacemaker and negotiator Rabbi Menachem Froman, and who maintain ties with his widow, Hadassah Froman.

In addition to the visit by the delegation, Tag Meir has received many letters of support from other Palestinians that it passed on to the Ansbacher family during the visit. Gadi Gvaryahu, head of Tag Meir, said “the delegation included local Palestinians who wanted to condole the family and condemn the horrible murder. The visitors were received gracefully and with warmth. May Ori’s memory be a blessing.” Upon leaving the family’s home after the visit, Raz said, “Personally, I will do everything so Ori will be the last. The Palestinians have been waiting for this visit, and it needs to herald what will come – that we need to join them and they need to join us. We’re all people. Murder is murder, and it must be condemned.”

CAP: Olivier Fitoussi

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