Feiglin Accuses Authorities of Covering up Murder of Jews by Arabs
In aftermath of revelation that falling death of Nathaniel Roi Arami may have been a nationalistically-motivated murder, Feiglin accuses Public Security Minister Aharonovitch of cover-up.
Moshe Feiglin called for the dismissal of Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch (Yisrael Beytenu) on Wednesday, claiming that Israeli law enforcement had tried to cover up the murders of Jews by Arabs on a number of occasions.
Feiglin’s comments came a day after police revealed that a death originally reported as an accident was now being investigated as a possible nationalistically-motivated murder.
On September 16, Nathaniel Roi Arami, 26, fell to his death while rappelling down from the 11th floor of a building at the construction site where he worked in Petah Tikva. It remained unclear, however, how the married father of two, who was expecting a third child, had lost control.
During an initial investigation into the case, police questioned an Arab co-worker, but released him after he denied any wrongdoing.
Yet according to members of Arami’s family, the fall was no accident.
After the gag order was lifted, the family held a press conference, during which they accused the police and government of a cover-up and demanded that the killer be brought to justice.
In an interview to Galei Israel radio, Feiglin said Wednesday that “what we have here is a long chain of events in which the authorities, the police, the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) are trying to cover up the murder of Jews by Arabs for various reasons.”
He said Aharonovitch, “who stands at the head of the pyramid, should have been gone long ago.”
Feiglin said Arami’s death was “a murder which was no less shocking than the decapitations of ISIS – a man plummeted to his death from the fifteenth floor, or whatever it was.”
The Likud MK stated the death of Arami was not essentially different than the kidnap and murder of Naftali Fraenkel, Gil-Ad Shaer and Eyal Yifrach by Hamas terrorists in June, “which eventually led to Operation Protective Edge.”
“So who needs this headache,” Feiglin said, suggesting a cover-up. “Now we will have riots , and again we’ll have to check our policy on employing Arab workers. Let’s cover it up , let’s pass the buck to someone else.”
Attacking Aharonovitch, Feiglin said, “Every Israeli citizen needs to ask himself how he feels as far as interior security is concerned, especially those living in mixed neighborhoods.”
He accused Aharonovitch of exacting a double standard toward Jews suspected of price-tag vandalism attacks and Arabs.
“When someone is suspected of writing “price tag” in Hebrew, then the feeble public security minister is quick to say we must erase from the map an entire community in Israel, a Jewish community. Imagine if he would say that now about the community that the Arab workers who murdered [Arami] came from,” he said.
Daniel K. Eisenbud contributed to this report.