Rabbi Leo Dee: Vast majority of Palestinians are good people

The latest Jewish News

Read this week’s digital edition

Click Here

Rabbi Leo Dee: Vast majority of Palestinians are good people

The father and husband of the three British-Israelis murdered in the West Bank tells Sky News how his late wife Lucy's organs have saved the lives of five people, including an Arab citizen

Lee Harpin is the Jewish News's political editor

Rabbi Leo Dee delivers eulogy to his daughters
Rabbi Leo Dee delivers eulogy to his daughters

The father and husband of the three British-Israelis murdered in the West Bank earlier this month has insisted only a “small percentage of the Palestinian population” are responsible for violence in the region.

In an interview with Sky News Rabbi Leo Dee said: “I have faith, I have hope, and I believe that the violence is actually caused by a small percentage of the Palestinian population and the vast majority of Palestinians are good people.

“They are prime victims of the Palestinian regime, as are the people in Gaza victims of their regime.”

Rabbi Dee also revealed that the organs donated from his late wife Lucy’s body, that saved five people’s lives, included that of an Arab citizen.

He told Sky News:”I think that is significant to us because Lucy was very much into peaceful relations with our neighbours and I think she would have been very proud that she saved the life of an Arab.”

Rabbi Dee also praised foreign secretary James Cleverly after he issued a statement which the rabbi said represented an “unequivocal condemnation of violence” by Britain.

Asked for his thoughts on the fact that those that killed his daughters Maia, 20, and 15-year-old Rina and wife Lucy in a gun attack on April 7th, as they were driving near the Jordan valley, Rabbi Dee told the journalist at the television channel: “I feel that the Israeli security forces will do what they usually do which is to track them down and bring them to justice which I think is right because it prevents the next attack that they might do.”

Rabbi Dee also claimed that a statement issued by the foreign secretary had gone further in condemning “evil terrorists” than had previously been the case in this country.

In an emotional interview he described the moments, when driving in a separate car, he had learned of the attack on the three victims car.

The rabbi, who left Radlett in 2005 with his family to move to the settlement of Efrat also spoke of the nightmare scenario at the hospital in Jerusalem, and his realisation he had to stay strong for his two other daughters and his son.

Support your Jewish community. Support your Jewish News

Thank you for helping to make Jewish News the leading source of news and opinion for the UK Jewish community. Today we're asking for your invaluable help to continue putting our community first in everything we do.

For as little as £5 a month you can help sustain the vital work we do in celebrating and standing up for Jewish life in Britain.

Jewish News holds our community together and keeps us connected. Like a synagogue, it’s where people turn to feel part of something bigger. It also proudly shows the rest of Britain the vibrancy and rich culture of modern Jewish life.

You can make a quick and easy one-off or monthly contribution of £5, £10, £20 or any other sum you’re comfortable with.

100% of your donation will help us continue celebrating our community, in all its dynamic diversity...


Being a community platform means so much more than producing a newspaper and website. One of our proudest roles is media partnering with our invaluable charities to amplify the outstanding work they do to help us all.


There’s no shortage of oys in the world but Jewish News takes every opportunity to celebrate the joys too, through projects like Night of Heroes, 40 Under 40 and other compelling countdowns that make the community kvell with pride.


In the first collaboration between media outlets from different faiths, Jewish News worked with British Muslim TV and Church Times to produce a list of young activists leading the way on interfaith understanding.


Royal Mail issued a stamp honouring Holocaust hero Sir Nicholas Winton after a Jewish News campaign attracted more than 100,000 backers. Jewish Newsalso produces special editions of the paper highlighting pressing issues including mental health and Holocaust remembrance.

Easy access

In an age when news is readily accessible, Jewish News provides high-quality content free online and offline, removing any financial barriers to connecting people.

Voice of our community to wider society

The Jewish News team regularly appears on TV, radio and on the pages of the national press to comment on stories about the Jewish community. Easy access to the paper on the streets of London also means Jewish News provides an invaluable window into the community for the country at large.

We hope you agree all this is worth preserving.

read more: