(photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)
Likud MK Moshe Feiglin called for the dismissal of Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch on Wednesday, claiming that police have repeatedly covered up the murders of Jews by Arabs.
Feiglin’s incendiary accusations came a day after police revealed that a Petah Tikva construction death originally reported as an accident is 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. 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 a 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 a Wednesday interview with Israel Radio, Feiglin said 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 added that Aharonovitch (Yisrael Beytenu), “who stands at the head of the pyramid, should have been gone long ago.” Moreover, Feiglin said that Arami’s death was “a murder which was no less shocking than the decapitations of ISIS.”
The Likud MK said that the death of Arami was no different from the kidnapping and murder of Naftali Fraenkel, Gil-Ad Shaer and Eyal Yifrah by Hamas terrorists in June, “which eventually led to Operation Protective Edge.”
“So who needs this headache,” Feiglin said, further 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.”
Despite Feiglin’s accusations, police officials have patently denied ever covering up the murder of a Jew by an Arab, including the death of Arami.
“His accusations are baseless,” said one official, who requested anonymity, Wednesday.