Donald Trump Slams ‘Heinous Murder’ of 13-Year-Old Israeli Knifed to Death in Sleep; Calls on Palestinians to End ‘Glorification of Terror’
Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on Friday called on Palestinian leadership to stop glorifying terror following the slaughter of a 13-year-old Israeli girl by a Palestinian terrorist.
“I am shocked by the heinous murder of 13-year-old Hallel Yaffa Ariel, who was attacked by a Palestinian terrorist while she was sleeping in her bedroom,” Trump said in a statement. “I extend my deepest condolences to the Ariel family.”
On Thursday morning, knife-wielding 19-year-old Muhammed Taraiyre infiltrated the Ariel family home in Kiryat Arba, located next to Hebron in the West Bank. Taraiyre — who came from the nearby Palestinian village of Bani Naim — entered Ariel’s bedroom while she was sleeping and stabbed her repeatedly for several minutes.
Taraiyre had managed to infiltrate the security fence surrounding the Jewish neighborhood before rushing into the Ariel home. A local civilian Rapid Response Team chased after the terrorist but was unable to reach him before he murdered Ariel — who was later confirmed to be a US citizen. The team found her lying in a pool of her own blood. Attempting to escape, Taraiyre attacked the response team and critically wounded one of them . The killer was eventually shot dead by a member of the team.
Following the attack, Palestinian Authority channels praised the terrorist as a “martyr,” with his own mother calling him a “hero.”
“The continuing incitement and preaching of hate by the Palestinian leadership, and the glorification of terror, must end immediately,” Trump said. “I call upon the leadership of the Palestinian Authority to condemn this murder and to take concrete steps to end this barbaric behavior.”
Trump’s Israel advisors — Jason Greenblatt and David Friedman — issued their own condemnation of the attack and denounced the “liberal media” for its silence.
“Our hearts were broken today when we learned of the tragic death of Hallel…The murderer has been hailed as a hero and a martyr by numerous Palestinian factions. And the silence of the liberal media with respect to this horrific tragedy is deafening,” they said.
“We condemn this brutal killing and offer our deepest condolences to the Ariel family. The Palestinian Authority must condemn this brutal murder and must take concrete measures to stop incitement and prevent further acts of terrorism, and we call upon Mr. Abbas to do so immediately,” Greenblatt and Friedman wrote.
Trump’s statement on Ariel’s murder highlights his consistent focus on the responsibility of Palestinian leadership in inciting violence and terror against Israel. In June — in response to the deadly terror attack at the popular Tel Aviv Sarona Market — Trump cited rampant anti-Israel propaganda as a driving force behind hatred and violence in Palestinian society.
At the time, the presidential hopeful called on the world to “recognize the parallel horror of the culture of religious hatred that permeates many Palestinian quarters. From schools that indoctrinate toddlers to grow up to kill Israelis to the daily menu of hate that spews forth from various ‘news organizations,’ change is long overdue in the Palestinian territories.”
Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has yet to issue a statement on the Ariel murder. On Thursday, Clinton retweeted a message posted by her foreign policy advisor, Laura Rosenberger, who called the attack a “heinous terrorist murder.”
Heartbroken by the heinous terrorist murder of 13-year-old Hallel Ariel. No child should be in danger in her home. https://t.co/xpN5J7871S
— Laura Rosenberger (@rosenbergerlm) June 30, 2016