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Killer of Former U.S. Marine Released by Israel in Peace Talks Gesture, State Department Voices Concern

August 16, 2013 9:35 am 63 comments

Families of terror victims protest in Tel Aviv. Photo: Orit Zehavi, Tazpit News Agency.

One of the men greeted as a hero upon his return to the West Bank after being released from prison by Israel was responsible for murdering an American citizen, the Daily Beast reported Friday.

Al-Haaj Othman Amar Mustafa was one of 26 terrorists released on Tuesday as part of an Israeli move meant to cajole the Palestinian Authority to return to peace talks. He was convicted in 1991 of killing Frederick Steven Rosenfeld, who the Philadelphia Inquirer at the time of his death reported was a former U.S. Marine and U.S. citizen.

Mustafa was sentenced by an Israeli military court to life behind bars after he and two other assailants murdered Rosenfeld in 1989, 21 years after the former Marine emigrated to Israel.

“The State Department conveyed the administration’s concerns regarding the release of this prisoner to the government of Israel, while recognizing the victim was a dual national of Israel and the United States,” Marie Harf, deputy spokesperson for the State Department, told the Daily Beast Thursday.

Harf said the Israeli side “acknowledged our views, but it was ultimately their decision to determine which prisoners to release. This is a very difficult situation for all involved, and further highlights the importance of making these negotiations successful.”


  • He is also a Jew.

  • There probably are more Arabs in Israeli prisons who murdered American, EU and UK citizens. They are the only ones who should be released next time.

  • What if Israel released them into the WH living quarters?

  • I am ashamed of my Secretary of State for pressuring the State of Israel to release a murderer of an American citizen. Israel should release only those with Arab blood on their hands.

  • To Kerry, Jewish blood is cheap. We should not have relkeased even one of these terrorists!

  • Ivan Gur-Arie

    The is a Yiddish expression which translates to “it is good to beat upon someone else’s rear end” That is what the US is engaged in. Why the concern? Mr Kerry and PResident Obama = after all the release was to encourage Mr. Abbas to sit down to the table to talk. We, the US, in order to carry out a policy of appeasement must be ready to put something on the negotiating table. That would be the dead US citizen. He was sacrificed so that President Obama could carry out his idiotic middle east policies.

  • What disgusting hypocrisy from Americas half cast Negro president and his lackey, Kerry.

  • Facts: Israel owes no one except God, anything and certainly not the Palestinians who are good at one thing and that is dishonesty.
    Israel should have obeyed God when told to go in and take the land. Had they destroyed their enemies then…
    They should have executed these murderers in the first place.
    The Palestinians will never know peace and neither will any one else except those who confess the One who IS Peace, Jesus Christ.
    He came in the flesh.
    He lived.
    Israel and the world rejected Him.
    He died for the sins of all human kind.
    He rose from the grave.
    He sits at the right hand of God the Father.
    War will continue until He comes again.

    Semper Fi

    • ???
      Are you insane?
      ??? It is doubtful this person ever actually lived!
      In fact there is a Lutheran movement that says exactly that it is myth.

  • Timothy Rakei

    There’s a tendency to belittle demonstrations by using captions like “Families of terror victims protest in Tel Aviv.” I was at that protest, and none of my relatives was ever a terror victim. I’m sure that the same is true of many others who participated. Not everyone concerned about public policy is motivated by a private agenda. Not everyone demonstrating in favor of Israel’s presence on the West Bank lives on the West Bank, and not everyone demonstrating for rent-controlled housing is a rent payer.

  • send all the prisoners to boston

  • There should have been NO preconditions for peace talks..You want peace? Then sit at the table and talk. They want no Israel and no Jews..I m shocked that Bibi agreed to this prisoner release,US pressure or not…Kerry and Obama are a hugh disapointment. Shame on them playing to and placating those animals..Give nothing!! Be strong and the hell with the antisemetic world…

  • Wait a minute…in a article by the Jerusalem Post there was the information of the list of the names of these 104 killers furnished by a “Palestinian Prisioners’ Club in the West Bank”…
    But the State Department spokesperson is saying that it was ultimately Israel decision to determine which prisioners to release.
    So, the Palestinians demanded, as condition to enter this farce called “peace process”, the release of 104 terrorists with no names attached and Israel was the one deciding who is supposed to be released????!!!!!
    Or , the spokesperson got the story completely wrong and it was the Palestinians who decided the names and Israel just made the decision to released them. Which, if this is the case, only would turn the complain more absurd. Why not to complain to the Palestinians who decided who they would want to be released? Israel????
    This story is senseless ….

  • This is Obama and Kerry’s job forcing Israel to release these murderers.The talks are bound to fail as Israel and the Palestinians do not agree , not even on one point.

    Obama has failed the USA and the western world in a way that no US president has ever done.
    The Egyptian President refused to take Obama’s phone call.
    Next the Muslim Brothers will be outlawed in Egypt.
    Mr. Putin is stepping in with a huge arms deal for Egypt financed by Saudi Arabia.
    Just watch this happening in the weeks and months to come.

  • Wallace Edward Brand

    That is really not a very diplomatic view: The US Department of State saying to Israel: You must release many murderers of Israelis as a precondition to peace negotiations we want you to entertain with Arabs, but we have concern if you release a murderer of an American. As far as I am concerned it is very undiplomatic. It says, in effect, we beleive that Jewish life is worth nothing, but you ought to take American murders more seriously.

  • @gord
    Shame on you!

    Direct your antipathy toward the Amercan Kerry and the State Dept for forcing Israel back to the “peace” talks.

    • Ridiculous comment …. sounds very similar to ignorant people in the Muslim faith who blame the United States for everything.
      Personally, it disgusts me that we released these murdering animals but the entire Israel foreign policy is morally bankrupt.
      We continue to stupidly expand settlement expansion which creates the worst possible public image of Israel. It fuels our enemies with nuclear level propaganda and it gives us hardly anything in return except pandering to the religious right.
      I want to emphasize that I know that it is ‘COMPLETELY LEGAL’ for us to be doing it BUT it is, in my opinion, the worst possible thing that we do.
      If we stopped expanding on settlements, we would not at all felt compelled to release murderers.
      Do not release murderers and stop all settlement expansion in the disputed territories

    • Don’t blame Kerry. He is only the loud speaker, Obama is the voice behind the words and policies.

    • Firstmate1060

      State didn’t voice any concern about the Jews the reaming 28 or so Terrorist killed, did they? I didn’t think so. This world reeks of Bigotry

    • If you believe Marie will advise her superiors:
      “Be careful what you wish for; you may get it!”
      I have some beautiful silk shirts you may like.

  • Jonathan Marchant

    Please don’t blame all America. The current administration is filled with schmucks like Kerry, someone I haven’t cared for since he started displaying the medals awarded during Viet Nam; the same medals he threw over the White House fence during a 70’s protest. You can’t have it both ways, an amnesiac manifestation rampant in Wash DC.

    I apologize for my countrymen.

  • It is time to put Kerry behind the bars for forcing Israel to release the bloody murderers.

    • Kerry behind bars for “forcing” Israel to release murderers, eh?
      You are sure that is enough for you? Perhaps you should reconsider your slapping of the wrist penalty and go with execution. Do it the way your counterparts do it …. behead the man?
      Seeing as you know this was a “forced” decision made under duress, would you be privy to what method was used to force this response? I shudder to think nail to blackboard.

  • This was a bad move, a lot of the members of the USMC, both active and former are still Marines and will be unhappy that the killer of one of their brothers is on the street.

    • Well, the Americans have brokered this process, and killers are being released. The idea is an abomination of justice, and the media is not reporting that the released ‘prisoners’ are ‘killers of innocents’. They are portrait as ‘heroes’…

    • Do you think ANY of the relatives and friends of these killers are happy that they are on the street????

  • Michael Garfinkel

    “He who sups with the Devil needs a long spoon.”

  • This is a way to get “peace talks” started? What else should Israel offer to demonstrate “good faith?

    And by the way, what “good faith” does the other side have to offer?

    None, as usual.

    Israel has already caved in and the talks haven’t even begun!

    (Lessee…whut else c’n we get outa these dumb Jews, jus’ to sit around and talk?) Let’s face it…talk is cheap, guys!

    • Whether you agree or disagree with their point of view …. The fact of the matter for Muslims and for even our allies, this continuation of settlement expansion is indicative to them as a sign that Israel is not a true partner in the peace process EITHER.
      we needed to show a sign that we are serious and that is why we released these murderers.
      If you were PM of Israel and you were given no option but to do one of two things
      A. Release animal terrorists who have murdered our people in cold blood.
      B. Not announce a policy of settlement freeze but never giving out permits for settlement expansion.

      Which one would you pick?

      This question is not just for you but to everyone on this forum.

      Please do not say none of the above. The hypothetical scenario is you must decide one or the other.

  • William Moskowitz

    It’s interesting that the US only became concerned where a released terrorist murdered an American. Israeli (Jewish) blood is obviously cheap.

    • There u go..u hit the nail on the head..who pressured Israel to release these murderers.The USA..Kerry and Obama be damned.

    • Sonia Willats

      Bibi should have stood his ground and said NO. First you release A PROPORTIONATE NUMBER OF MURDERERS to your population into your communities at home… AND TAKE THE FLACK… and then we will think about it. That would proportionately mean THOUSANDS of prisoners to be released into USA.

      Consider what that would do to Obama’s popularity ratings at home. So he has hit Bibi in that way as well.

      Obama and all his regime are not to be trusted, even if they smile occasionally and pat Bibi on the back, condescendingly.

  • The release of these prisoners is a slap in the face to human decency–such a high cost to pay for an elusive peace process. I’m so tired of global vilification of Jews in Israel (and elsewhere) who are continually the victims of violence of terrorists, yet ironically portrayed as the “oppressors” or aggressors in their homeland. We have done a poor PR job globally and it yields vicious results. I think two individuals have assessed our unfortunate plight well and their comments are worth reading. Apologies for this long response.

    Gloria Z. Greenfield | Director/Producer of the documentary film “Unmasked: Judeophobia and the Threat to Civilization” – January 20, 2012
    The 1975 UN Resolution equating Zionism with racism served as the global debut of a new, sophisticated, virulent, and lethal strain of antisemitism that portrays the collective body of Jews, Israelis, and Zionists as the evil power in the world and the Jewish state’s existence as the source of the world’s ills. And yet, in an era when human rights is considered by many to be the universal secular religion, there is silence about the resurgence of lethal antisemitism that, as Harvard professor Ruth Wisse expresses in the film, is being expressed in the Arab and Muslim countries, a generative force that we can see at work in the United Nations, which we can see working its way into Europe again, and which we can see coming home on North American campuses.

    Dr. Ruth R. Wisse | Professor of Yiddish Literature and Comparative Literature at Harvard University – September 28, 2012
    I want to try to reformulate the understanding of tikkun olam. I think the term has been misapplied and misunderstood. I think that Jews can make the world a better place if they can find a way to get others to stop targeting the Jews. Jews are a small people and a vulnerable minority. The way Jews manage their lives as a people is complicated by the inflated role they play in the imagination and politics of other nations. Jews may do wonderful things: The term “start-up nation” captures many of the dynamic achievements not only of Israel but of Jewish communities elsewhere. But, like it or not, whatever Jews accomplish may matter less than how well they can stand up to the anti-liberal, anti-democratic rulers and forces that target them – them in particular – as the embodiment of all that they wish to destroy. By standing up to their attackers, Jews stand up to some of the worst forces in the world.

  • Jo-Ann Morris

    So the U.S. has a problem with Israel releasing someone that killed an American, but has no problems with Israel releasing prisoners that killed Israeli’s! What kind of message does this send to the world!!!!

    • The same message Obama sends to everyone. If you kill Jews, you should get a hero’s welcome. None of them should have ever been released, but it is good that Kerry gets to enjoy the fruits of his insanity.

    • Sorta suggests that Obama and Kerry do believe in American exceptionalism — Americans are special, Israeli lives are worth less, if not worthless. Absolutely revolting and the basest of hypocrisies.

  • Well… Obama and his government are putting their nose and pushing them in issues about Israel that they don’t have any business…!!! Now they are so “worry” about the release of those criminals and terrorists who have killed Americans…!! What about Israel citizens and from other countries? They don’t count??? What are they expecting to be released??? Mickey mouse??? What a morons!!!-”

    • Well… Obama and his government are sticking their nose and pushing Israel in matters that they don’t have any business…!!! Now they are so “worry” about the release of those criminals and terrorists who have killed also Americans…!! What about Israel citizens and from other countries? Don’t they count too??? Who are they expecting to ‘be released?

    • No more simple than this… Let Israel deal with their own internal and international affairs by themselves!! They have enough already to also deal with international pressure!!!

  • am not sure I understand correctly : does the sender means that he hopes that more Americans will be killed by the people Israel released ? to teach some kind of a lesson to Israel or to the USA ?
    I only wish that the murderers go to hell,soon

  • Brilliant move. In this sick decision the Israeli government made at least one thing is smart. It shows the US hypocrisy.

  • america doesn’t care if they are jews

  • Robert Barrett

    Screw Obama for being shown what Israel goes through. Screw Obama forever. Such a hypocrite.

  • The US State Dept is concerned when a victim of these killers was a US Marine. But when they’re just Jews, thats OK.

    • So how do they feel about Holocaust survivors and other senior citizens being murdered by axe? Suppose that’s all right so long as they aren’t Americans.

  • O.K. Israel released a known, acknowledged, convicted murderer as a “goodwill” gesture.

    Now..what does Israel even EXPECT to receive in return?

    Funny…I don’ hear nuthin’.

    Are we supposed to believe that releasing a known murderer is any way to open the door to PEACE TALKS??? Why are we so anxious to have “peace talks” with a nation that gorifies a murderer?

    Will somebody please explain this in words that I c’n unnderstand???

    • What they’ll get in return is the very likelyhood that the released savages will go on to kill more Jews. It’s happened before. Captured savages should be put down immediately.

  • gord, if you are an American, please move to Ramallah so that might happen! If you are not, please do so anyway.

    Now the US State Dept cares about murderers of US citizens roaming free? Mustafa served 21 years. Let me know when the murderers of Furkan Dorgan, Rachel Corrie, Dr. Khaled Salah and his son Mohammed, etc. have served 21 years, then I’ll join their “concern”. Or do only Jewish Americans count?

    • Empiricon. You would appear to have swallowed whole the notion that it is okay to kill Jews, but when Jews fight back, even if someone is accidentally killed in that response, then the Jews are guilty of a horrific crime. Since Mohammedans have been killing Jews – and Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, Animists, etc. for a long time, I guess you’d suggest that it’s just their cultural value and should be accepted regardless of how much it conflicts with Western enlightenment norms.

      I’m particularly impressed that you bring up Rachel Corrie. She acted with total disregard for her own safety, no matter how noble her misinformed goal. To confront a bulldozer when the driver can’t see because he has to be protected against random weapons that will be employed against him is foolhardy. To then turn that idiocy into martyrdom is a great marketing ploy, but it represents an enormous departure from the truth.

      As a matter of fact, though, I’ve decided that Jews DO count more than Mohammedans. Certainly this should be held as true until such time as Arab communities refuse to shelter violent murderers within their homes, their religious institutions, their schools, and their hospitals. The Arabs have been killing Palestinian Jews for at least 60 years longer than there has been an Israel. That makes them outright murderers, deliberate, repeated, unremorseful. The Jewish victims may accidentally kill an “innocent”, but such violence is a byproduct of the aggressions of the neighbors of those Arabs. Until the Arabs are willing to stop teaching their kids to hate Jews, until their religious leaders stop teaching their followers that they must kill Jews all around the world, I’d say it’s pretty clear that there is a huge gap between cold-blooded Arab guilt and the accidental injury caused by Israeli defensive action. Sanctimonious misrepresentations notwithstanding, the Israelis prosecute those who maliciously murder Arabs while the Arabs laud & extol those who murder Jews. That’s an imbalance that no amount of tendentious rationalization can honestly endorse.

    • Rewriting history? Rachel Corrie committed suicide.

  • if israel is forced to release murderers by the americans, and they are, i hope more of them will have american blood on their hands.

  • Israely are against relising murderes. But the US is pressuring Israel to do so, to please the arabes. How can they complain for the murderer of one US citizen. what about all Israely killed, women, children innocent bystander.
    one should it be 2 standard for the killing of an human beeing???

  • What a bunch of slimeball hypocrites run the US government. They don’t care that murderers are released, as long as it’s just murderers of Israelis. But if it’s Americans, they are “concerned”. Disgusting!

    BTW, I am American.

  • Really. They express concern. When it comes to releasing murderers of Israels or Jews that is ok. But when it comes to a US citizen that is concerning. Well too bad. We are very concerned what we were mad to do by the US gov’t. And I hope that this country will wake up and smell the coffee becuase it isn’t going to get any better. And we are doing this for nothing. There won’t be peace ever.

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