'The Arab public will not forgive or forget Oct. 2000'

MK Sanaa calls for investigation of October 2000 killings; thousands of Arabs plan to demonstrate in Kfar Kanna to commemorate events.

jaffa day of rage rally 311 (photo credit: Ben Hartman)
jaffa day of rage rally 311
(photo credit: Ben Hartman)
MK Taleb A-Sanaa (United Arab List-Ta'al) on Friday commented on the 10th anniversary of the October 2000 Arab Israeli riots, when 13 Arab Israelis were killed by Israel security forces.
"The Arab public renews its commitment to the victims of October. It will not forgive or forget and will pursue the murderers and those who sent them until they pay a price."
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MK Jamal Zahalka of Balad told Israel Radio that Israeli Arabs "will continue to fight for the truth."
"We demand full exposure" of the Israeli policemen who killed 13 Israeli Arabs in the riots, Zahalka explained. "It is very important. We are simply thinking about the safety of our children."
The father of one of those killed said he wants to know "Who shot my son? Who killed him? If Israel is a democracy, it needs to take responsibility, and so does the police commander that gave the instructions to shoot 13 Israeli citizens.
In honor of the tenth anniversary of the events of October 2000, thousands of Israeli Arabs plan to demonstrate in Kfar Kanna Friday afternoon.
In addition, the Arab Higher Monitoring Committee has declared a general strike. Many villages are also planning local parades and protests.
Police have gathered near the demonstrations and outside the villages in order to prevent rioting, but expect the demonstrations to be peaceful.
In the coming days, the Committee and the parents of those killed plans to ask Attorney-General to reverse the decision of previous attorney general Manny Mazuz, which declared that there is not enough evidence to investigate the police officers involved in the killing.
Israeli Arabs have held demonstrations and strikes during the month of October over the past ten years to express their anger over what they claim is an improper failure to investigate the incident.