The issue of suppression of news about terrorist attacks reached a new level on Wednesday as Likud MK Moshe Feiglin called for the dismissal of Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch (Yisrael Beitenu), alleging a series of coverups of murders of Jews by Arabs.
Feiglin’s charge came in the wake of police admission that a death originally reported as an accident might have been a nationalistically-motivated murder, and a report that authorities asked Citipass, the capital’s light rail company, not to publicize Arab assaults on its system without advance clearance.
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 Petach Tikva. It remained unclear, however, how the married father of two, who was expecting a third child, had lost control. Initially, police questioned an Arab co-worker, but released him after he denied any wrongdoing. But Arami’s family insists the fall was no accident, and accused the government of a cover-up.
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.”
Pointing the finger at Aharonovitch, he said that he “who stands at the head of the pyramid, should have been gone long ago.”
“So who needs this headache,” Feiglin said, sarcastically offering a rationale for the alleged coverups. “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.”
Feiglin also accused Aharonovitch of practicing a double standard toward Jews suspected of price-tag vandalism attacks versus Arabs.
“When someone is suspected of writing ‘price tag’ in Hebrew, then the public security minister is quick to say we must erase from the map an entire community in Israel, a Jewish community [referring to Yitzhar]. Imagine if he would say that now about the community that the Arab workers who murdered [Arami] came from,” he said.