Because they were Jews

Explaining the outpouring of anguish after the death of three Israeli teenagers

Funeral of our 3 boys

We weep over our 3 boys

“To observers across the world, Israelis’ reaction to the abduction and murder of three teenagers may seem a bit overwrought. Of course, the deaths of any three children, anywhere, is horrific. And yes, a tightly knit country like Israel will invariably respond with greater emotion than might citizens of other countries.

“But still, how does one explain the presence of thousands of weeping people at the funeral, most of whom did not know the families?

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