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.