The following piece was written a week before the discovery of the bodies of the three boys, who had been murdered soon after being abducted, and before the subsequent kidnapping and murder of sixteen-year-old Mohammed Abu Khdeir by three Israelis. It was originally titled “Discussing the Kidnappings in Israel,” and we have since retitled it “Discussing Tragedy in Israel.” Sadly, although we had hoped and prayed it would end differently, we compiled the resources below knowing that this was one of the possible outcomes of this sad saga. Knowing also, with tremendous sadness, that this would not be the only time such resources would prove painful but important in our ongoing work to make a meaningful place for Israel in the lives of our learners.
This piece was written in response to the attack on three Jewish boys in the summer of 2014. While the impetus for writing it was time specific, this resource contains timeless lessons for educator and student alike.