Israeli-Arab MKs reacted with disappointment to the decision to convict seven
Israeli-Arab residents of Shfaram of attempted manslaughter in the killing of
Eden Natan Zada, the Jewish terrorist who murdered four Israeli Arabs and
wounded 17 people on a bus on August 4, 2005.
A number of leaders of the
Israeli-Arabs community were upset with the trial in the first place, because
they saw the case as biased against Israeli Arabs.
Meretz MK Esawi Frej
said that it was not an ordinary trial and that “Arab society felt as if the
whole community was on trial.” Israeli Arabs feel persecuted by the system, he
said, but added that it was good the judges considered the special circumstances
and did not convict the Arabs of murder.
MK Ahmed Tibi (United Arab
List-Ta'al), said that the defendants were protecting themselves and the
citizens of the city against Zada. If it was a group of Jews that killed an Arab
terrorist, they would get a medal from the state, Tibi said.
“We do not
accept the verdict,” said Hadash MK Muhammad Barakei.
The Zada family’s
lawyer complained about the fact that even though a soldier who was in uniform
at the time was murdered, the case ended with a verdict of attempted
manslaughter, rather than attempted murder.