Blair condemns murder of Palestinian teen
Wednesday, Jul 02, 2014 in Office of the Quartet Representative
Quartet Representative Tony Blair has issued the following statement on the death of Mohammad Abu Khdeir:
"I utterly condemn the kidnapping and murder of a 16-year-old Palestinian resident of East Jerusalem. My thoughts and prayers are with the family of Mohammad Abu Khdeir at this awful time. There is no possible justification for such an horrendous act — and the perpetrators must be found swiftly and brought to justice. Extremists must not be allowed to exploit the events of the last weeks to spark a further escalation in violence.
"I am very worried by the unrest in Jerusalem and the West Bank, including assaults on Palestinians, 'price tag' attacks and settler violence that cannot be tolerated. The recent tragic loss of lives on both sides of this conflict reminds us of what is at stake. The fanatics must be sidelined, and the Israeli and Palestinian leaders must continue their pursuit for a negotiated settlement that will bring about peace and security for their citizens."