Policeman at Beersheba shooting scene 370.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Residents of the Beduin city of Rahat in the Negev reacted with anger to false
reports in the Israeli media attributing a mass murder in Beersheba on Monday to
two residents of the city, and are asking for a public apology, Rahat Mayor Faiz
Abu-Seheban said Monday.
“There is a lot of anger in the city because
they blamed the city of Rahat and its residents for this despicable act that we
Abu-Seheban said he sent a letter to Channel 2
and Channel 10 on Monday evening demanding they issue a public apology for the
report, but said he has not received a reply.
He said if they don’t get
an apology, they will take steps of their own choosing, including possibly a
one-hour strike in the city’s public school system.
“The Israeli media is
always full of stereotypes against the Beduin community, when all we want is to
live as good neighbors here on our land,” he said.
MK Ahmed Tibi (United
Arab List- Ta’al), in a written statement on Monday, said the automatic blame
that the Israeli media attributed to an Arab in the shooting in a Beersheba bank
that killed four was racist. The suspect in the shooting was an Israeli
“The Israeli media’s automatic [assignment of] blame to Arabs in
Rahat for the horrible killing in Beersheba is stereotypical racism of those who
hoped that the murderer would be an Arab.”
He added that such actions
worsen hatred of Arabs, and he called for an immediate apology.