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Community Center honored Israeli and Palestinian boys

The Aug. 4 News article in the City & Region section, “Gaza conflict weighs on local communities,” made a serious error in describing the July 18 memorial service at the Jewish Community Center in Getzville as “in honor of the three Israeli teenagers” killed in a senseless terrorist act. The service was in honor of the three Israelis and the Palestinian boy killed in an equally senseless act of revenge, Mohammed Abu Khdeir.

I still have the program; on the cover it says, “May their memory be for a blessing,” and listed below in equally large letters are the names of all four boys. Mohammed was mentioned throughout the service, and when memorial candles were lit, lighting his was David Desmon, the president of the local branch of the Jewish Federation, a prominent Jewish organization here and all over the country.

For me, the message that all four boys were innocent kids and are mourned was the most touching and meaningful aspect of the service. If any Muslim programs honored the three Israeli boys as well, I hope that they also write and set the record straight.

Jan Sandberg


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