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Analyst’s opinion on kidnapping draws fire

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Argentine Jewish leaders slammed CNN in Spanish contributor Pedro Brieger for justifying the killing of three Israeli teens in a commentary on Argentina television.

“Every occupation provokes resistance of all kinds, peaceful and violent,” said Brieger, who is Jewish, in a commentary that aired June 30 on TV.

It was the same day that the bodies of Gilad Shaar, Naftali Fraenkel and Eyal Yifrach were discovered in a shallow grave in a field near Hebron. Israel has blamed their kidnapping and murders on the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas.

“Every day Israel kidnaps people and also kills people, but this news doesn’t get reported in the international news agencies,” Brieger said. “You have to remember that these three young hostages were in a territory where the United Nations determined that Israelis had to withdraw. Israel is like a Pac-Man eating advancing Palestinian territory.”

Julio Schlosser, the president of the DAIA umbrella of Argentina Jewish groups, called out Brieger for his statements.

“You can disagree with Israeli policies. But you can’t justify the kidnapping and murder of teens for geopolitical reasons,” Schlosser said at a demonstration July 1 in Buenos Aires organized by Jewish Argentine institutions to condemn the teens’ murders.

Eduardo Suarez, vice president of CNN in Spanish, said Brieger’s opinion “represents an important part of Latin America.” — jta


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