imc indymedia

Los Angeles Indymedia : Activist News

white themeblack themered themetheme help
About Us Contact Us Calendar Publish RSS
Features
latest news
best of news
syndication
commentary


KILLRADIO

VozMob

ABCF LA

A-Infos Radio

Indymedia On Air

Dope-X-Resistance-LA List

LAAMN List




IMC Network:

Original Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: ambazonia canarias estrecho / madiaq kenya nigeria south africa canada: hamilton london, ontario maritimes montreal ontario ottawa quebec thunder bay vancouver victoria windsor winnipeg east asia: burma jakarta japan korea manila qc europe: abruzzo alacant andorra antwerpen armenia athens austria barcelona belarus belgium belgrade bristol brussels bulgaria calabria croatia cyprus emilia-romagna estrecho / madiaq euskal herria galiza germany grenoble hungary ireland istanbul italy la plana liege liguria lille linksunten lombardia london madrid malta marseille nantes napoli netherlands nice northern england norway oost-vlaanderen paris/Île-de-france patras piemonte poland portugal roma romania russia saint-petersburg scotland sverige switzerland thessaloniki torun toscana toulouse ukraine united kingdom valencia latin america: argentina bolivia chiapas chile chile sur cmi brasil colombia ecuador mexico peru puerto rico qollasuyu rosario santiago tijuana uruguay valparaiso venezuela venezuela oceania: adelaide aotearoa brisbane burma darwin jakarta manila melbourne perth qc sydney south asia: india mumbai united states: arizona arkansas asheville atlanta austin baltimore big muddy binghamton boston buffalo charlottesville chicago cleveland colorado columbus dc hawaii houston hudson mohawk kansas city la madison maine miami michigan milwaukee minneapolis/st. paul new hampshire new jersey new mexico new orleans north carolina north texas nyc oklahoma philadelphia pittsburgh portland richmond rochester rogue valley saint louis san diego san francisco san francisco bay area santa barbara santa cruz, ca sarasota seattle tampa bay tennessee urbana-champaign vermont western mass worcester west asia: armenia beirut israel palestine process: fbi/legal updates mailing lists process & imc docs tech volunteer projects: print radio satellite tv video regions: oceania united states topics: biotech

Surviving Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: canada: quebec east asia: japan europe: athens barcelona belgium bristol brussels cyprus germany grenoble ireland istanbul lille linksunten nantes netherlands norway portugal united kingdom latin america: argentina cmi brasil rosario oceania: aotearoa united states: austin big muddy binghamton boston chicago columbus la michigan nyc portland rochester saint louis san diego san francisco bay area santa cruz, ca tennessee urbana-champaign worcester west asia: palestine process: fbi/legal updates process & imc docs projects: radio satellite tv
printable version - js reader version - view hidden posts - tags and related articles

A Tale of Two Murders

by mymicz Tuesday, Mar. 23, 2004 at 8:27 AM

Jogger Killed in 'Mistake' Was Cosmopolitan Student Who Straddled Mideast Divide/ Sheik Yassin Assasinated

Jogger Killed in 'Mistake' Was Cosmopolitan Student Who Straddled Mideast Divide

By GREG MYRE

Published: March 21, 2004



ERUSALEM, March 20 — George Khoury seemed one of the lucky few who could easily transcend the strict set of boundaries imposed by the Middle East conflict.

An Israeli Arab, Mr. Khoury, 20, was a well-liked student of international relations at Hebrew University in East Jerusalem, and had a wide-ranging network of friends that included Jews, Arabs and Americans. The son of a prominent and wealthy lawyer, he was comfortable conversing in Hebrew, Arabic and English.

Advertisement





He was an avid jogger. He was out running Friday night in an East Jerusalem neighborhood frequented by Jews and Arabs when he was fatally shot by Palestinian gunmen, who mistook him for a Jew.

It was not the first time his family had been hit by the violence here. In 1975, Mr. Khoury's grandfather was killed in a Palestinian bombing that was aimed at Israeli Jews in Jerusalem, killing 14 people.

"George loved life, and he made friends with everyone," said his cousin, Michael Zumot, one of the dozens of family members who gathered Saturday for condolences at the Khourys' expansive, three-story home in East Jerusalem. "Only an animal could have done this to George."

Al Aksa Martyrs Brigades, the group that carried out the shooting, initially said the attack was in response to the "arrests and murders carried out by the Israeli Army." But after learning who had been killed, it offered an apology.

"It was a mistake, and we extend our apology to his family," a leader of the group, who declined to be identified as is the group's practice in such cases, told Reuters.

Al Aksa Martyrs Brigades is an offshoot of the Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat's Fatah movement and has been behind many of the attacks against Israelis. Group members say that they are loyal to Mr. Arafat, but that they act independently. This frequently produces a situation in which the group releases a statement proclaiming responsibility for a bombing or shooting, and shortly afterward Mr. Arafat issues his own statement denouncing the attack.

Israel dismisses Mr. Arafat's statements as insincere and says they demonstrate his unwillingness to crack down on Palestinian violence even when carried out by his own supporters.

Elias Khoury, the father of the latest victim, said he had long opposed the violence that had claimed so many civilians on both sides.

"I am against all violent attacks against innocent civilians whether it be against Israeli civilians or Palestinian civilians," he told the Israel radio.

Elias Khoury is one of the best-known Arab lawyers in Jerusalem and has often argued on behalf of Israeli Arabs and Palestinians in cases involving land disputes with Israel. George Khoury intended to follow in his father's footsteps and seemed well on his way.

Two years ago he graduated from the private Anglican International School in Jerusalem, where his class had fewer than 20 students but was remarkably diverse. It included Christians and Jews from the United States and other countries, Palestinian Muslims, and Israeli Arab Christians, like Mr. Khoury.

"That class represented the intercommunal bonds that are often so hard to develop here," said James Snyder, an American who is the director of the Israel Museum in Jerusalem and who had a daughter in the same class. "He was a wonderful kid from a very fine Jerusalem family."

Mr. Khoury was in his second year at Hebrew University, a primarily Jewish institution that includes a sizable Arab minority. It is just a couple of miles from his home, and on a chilly Friday night, Mr. Khoury drove to the area for one of his regular runs. He had asked his younger sister to join him, but she declined, saying it was too cold.

He was running alone in the French Hill neighborhood, where most residents are Jewish, though many Palestinian commuters pass through it. The area is relatively quiet, and both Jews and Arabs use it for jogging or walking.

The gunmen shot Mr. Khoury in the head and the stomach, and he died shortly afterward at a Jerusalem hospital. Given the location of the attack, and with Palestinian gunmen claiming responsibility, the police initially declared that the victim was Jewish.

Mr. Khoury had no identification with him when he was shot. The police identified him only hours later after locating his car and tracing the license plates to the Khoury family, the family said.

Fady Awwad, one of Mr. Khoury's cousins, said the two used to hang out in the center of Jerusalem. But the frequent suicide bomb attacks had made it too risky.

"The last couple years, he didn't go out a lot, and he stayed away from the center of the city," said Mr. Awwad, 22.



George Khoury and his father defended their people. But they could not defend against their people's own sin. Racism is a fact among Hamas and Al Aqsa followers. Shortly after George's assasination, the brigade apologised and said they had thought he was a Jew. This type of thinking was propogated by Sheik Yassin. As the spiritual leader of Hamas, he claimed only his race had a right to the holy land. He often was heard speaking racist jargon against Jews.

Meanwhile, George and his father fought for their people's rights. And because of the blind racism that Yassin instilled, they have one, maybe two less defenders.

In Muslim law there is a saying, an eye for an eye. The Israelis, for whatever it's worth, have taken Mr. Yassin's eye for the blood of their son, an Israeli Arab, a Muslim, and a patriot to the law. Perhaps George could have been the great Israeli Arab politician who helped the peace process, no one knows. One thing is for sure, Yassin's racism never helped. This is perhaps one of the first times you might see Israelis, instead of Palestinians, celebrating for once, and mourning a true Martyr, George Khoury.

Report this post as:

Local News

GUIDE TO REBEL CITY LOS ANGELES AVAILABLE A12 5:39PM

lausd whistle blower A10 11:58PM

Website Upgrade A10 3:02AM

Help KCET and UCLA identify 60s-70s Chicano images A04 1:02PM

UCLA Luskin: Casting Youth Justice in a Different Light A02 11:58AM

Change Links April 2018 A01 11:27AM

Nuclear Shutdown News March 2018 M31 6:57PM

Join The Protest Rally in Glendale on April 10, 2018! M29 7:00PM

Join The Protest Rally in Glendale on April 10, 2018! M29 6:38PM

Spring 2018 National Immigrant Solidarity Network News Alert! M19 2:02PM

Anti-Eviction Mapping Project Shows Shocking Eviction Trends in L.A. M16 5:40PM

Steve Mnuchin video at UCLA released M15 12:34AM

Actress and Philanthropist Tanna Frederick Hosts Project Save Our Surf Beach Clean Ups M06 12:10PM

After Being Told He's 'Full of Sh*t' at School Event, Mnuchin Demands UCLA Suppress Video M02 11:44AM

Resolution of the Rent Strike in Boyle Heights M01 6:28PM

What Big Brother Knows About You and What You Can Do About It M01 3:30PM

Step Up As LAPD Chief Charlie Beck Steps Down F14 2:44PM

Our House Grief Support Center Hosts 9th Annual Run For Hope, April 29 F13 12:51PM

Don’t let this LA County Probation Department overhaul proposal sit on the shelf F13 11:04AM

Echo Park Residents Sue LA Over Controversial Development F12 8:51AM

Former Signal Hill police officer pleads guilty in road-rage incident in Irvine F09 10:25PM

Calif. Police Accused of 'Collusion' With Neo-Nazis After Release of Court Documents F09 7:14PM

Center for the Study of Political Graphics exhibit on Police Abuse posters F07 9:50AM

City Agrees to Settle Lawsuit Claiming Pasadena Police Officer Had His Sister Falsely Arre F04 3:17PM

Professor's Study Highlights Health Risks of Urban Oil Drilling F04 12:42PM

Claims paid involving Pasadena Police Department 2014 to present F04 10:52AM

Pasadenans - get your license plate reader records from police F03 11:11PM

LA Times Homicide Report F03 1:57PM

More Local News...

Other/Breaking News

Worker-Owned Car Wash on Vermont Closed A26 10:37PM

TheMilitary of Yemen IN In The 1990's A26 5:42PM

The Shortwave Report 04/27/18 Listen Globally! A26 4:03PM

Federal Bank Examiner FDIC recalls year long 1999 robbery in 2017 A26 3:24PM

Doxa du lobby A25 2:03AM

Tech workers organize A24 6:24PM

Architect Stephen Francis Jones A24 3:01PM

UN Forum Wrestles with Economic Policies 10 Years After Financial Crisis Islands Call for A24 12:34PM

Xyloglossie attitudinale A23 8:07AM

What does the Quran Say About Islamic Dress?? A21 4:15PM

Biodiversité ou la nature privatisée A20 11:22AM

The Market is a Universal Totalitarian Religion A20 7:14AM

Book Available about Hispanics and US Civil War by National Park Service A19 5:52PM

The Shortwave Report 04/20/18 Listen Globally! A19 4:01PM

The Republican 'Prolife' Party Is the Party of War, Execution, and Bear Cub Murder A19 11:48AM

Neurogenèse involutive A18 9:21AM

Paraphysique de la dictature étatique A16 10:13AM

Book Review: "The New Bonapartists" A16 3:45AM

The West Must Take the First Steps to Russia A14 12:25PM

Théorie générale de la révolution ou hommage à feu Mikhaïl Bakounine A14 3:30AM

The Shortwave Report 04/13/18 Listen Globally! A12 3:50PM

“Lost in a Dream” Singing Competition Winner to Be Chosen on April 15 for ,000 Prize! A12 3:48PM

The World Dependent on Central Banks A12 4:43AM

Ohio Governor Race: Dennis Kucinich & Richard Cordray Run Against Mike DeWine A11 9:40PM

March 2018 Honduras Coup Again Update A10 10:52PM

Apologie du zadisme insurrectionnel A10 3:33PM

ICE contract with license plate reader company A10 1:14PM

Palimpseste sisyphéen A09 11:23PM

More Breaking News...
© 2000-2018 Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by the Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Running sf-active v0.9.4 Disclaimer | Privacy