Brutal Murder of Palestinian Highlights Moral Bankruptcy of Israel-haters

Yesterday, 25-year-old palestinian Arab Ahmad Abu Murkhiyeh was murdered. You likely have not heard about it, unless you follow Israeli news sites and social media accounts of pro-Israel people and organizations.

There is a simple reason for this. He was not killed by Israel, but rather his own people.

Because he was gay.

And Israel was responsible for him living this long

A gay Palestinian man living under asylum in Israel was murdered and beheaded Wednesday in the West Bank city of Hebron. The unnamed suspect, who was arrested by Palestinian Authority police near the scene of the crime soon after committing it, recorded the act in a video that he uploaded to social media before his capture.

The victim was 25-year-old Ahmad Abu Murkhiyeh, who according to reports on Ynet and Channel 12 had been living in Israel for the past two years as an asylum-seeker after authorities acknowledged his life would be in danger if he returned to Palestinian territory.

It was not immediately clear how or why the young man ended up in Hebron. Friends of Abu Murkhiyeh in Israel alleged he was likely kidnapped to the West Bank before his murder, though it was not clear that they had evidence of this.

Rita Petrenko, founder of Al-Bayt Al-Mukhtalif, a non-profit organization for the empowerment of the Arab LGBT community, said that she had helped to arrange for Abu Murkhiyeh’s asylum papers in preparation for his eventual resettlement in Canada and that he’d actively participated in LGBT discussion groups. Describing the young man as “hard-working and intelligent,” Petrenko regretted that he had not been transferred to safety in Canada before his life was brutally taken from him.

Israeli sources, the PA police and the Abu Murkhiyeh family have all been unable to clarify if the victim and his killer had any prior relationship. No motive has yet been disclosed as a result of the Palestinian Authority police’s investigation, but the suspect is currently being interrogated.

Petrenko said that to the best of her knowledge, Abu Murkhiyeh had not returned to the West Bank since his asylum, out of fear for what his estranged family and residents of his native village might do to him. She added that his stay at various LGBT shelters in Israel is a documented fact. He had not informed any friends of an intention to enter the West Bank.

Palestinians have expressed revulsion at the exceptionally violent nature of the crime, even as Abu Murkhiyeh’s sexual identity and Israeli residency have been kept under wraps in Palestinian reports.

About 90 Palestinians who identify as members of the LGBT community currently live under asylum in Israel. They suffered discrimination, and, in extreme cases, violence in their communities before fleeing. Until this past July, the law allowed them to reside in Israel but not to work.

Now let’s look at those who have not mentioned, let alone condemned, his brutal murder:

  • The mainstream media (as of the time of this post)
  • So-called ‘human rights’ organizations like Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International
  • Queers for Palestine and other such LGBTQ groups quick to condemn Israel at every available turn
  • Former tennis player an high-profile lesbian Martina Navratilova (even after repeated efforts by me to get her condemnation)
  • The Squad
  • Roger Waters, who claims to care about human rights
  • And the list goes on

The only mention of his murder I have seen from an Israel-hater is this, which does not condemn his murder but rather accuses us of ‘pinkwashing’ because we actually care he was murdered:

Of course, it is clear that these hypocrites won’t condemn his murder because not only are the Jews not responsible for it, but it also shows just what to expect if the palestinian Arabs ever got their wish for a state to supplant Israel – something these so-called “progressives” wholeheartedly support.


David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media