Bereaved Father: 'My Son was Murdered by Predatory Animals'

Nationalists protest at building site where Netanel Arami fell to his death, as family argues their son was murdered by Arab terrorists.

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Ido Ben-Porat, Ari Yashar,

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A week has passed since 26-year-old Netanel Arami fell to his death while rapelling during construction work on a multi-story building in Petah Tikva - Arami's family is still waiting to hear the results of a police investigation over what they are convinced is a terror attack that took their loved-one's life.

Arami's father spoke about the loss of his son, warning "today it started with (my son), and tomorrow it will be someone else."

"They (the Arabs - ed.) run over children wherever they have the opportunity, if its in a parking lot, in an elevator or stairs," added the bereaved father. "I know what Arabs are, I live with Arabs, they're predatory animals. He waits for a little chance, waits for you in a corner - stabs you and runs."

MK Moshe Feiglin (Likud) visited the family on Saturday evening, and accused police of covering up the terror aspect of the case with a gag order. He noted police "went up to the roof and found the slashed rope, heard the Arabs laughing. A rapelling rope that has been cut looks completely different from one that was worn out. And there are two of them – one main rope and one for security."

In response to the tragic death of Arami, nationalist activists led by former MK Dr. Michael Ben-Ari will hold a protest on Monday evening in front of the Petah Tikva building site where Arami's life ended.

Ben-Ari criticized the police for their lacking reaction to the death, saying "a cruel-hearted terrorist cut his ropes while he was suspended between the sky and the ground, and smashed him to his death. The Israeli police have a policy of hiding murderous nationalistic crime."

The demonstration will take place at 7:30 p.m. at 9 Shraga Refaeli Street in Petah Tikva.

Arami leaves behind his pregnant and grieving 24-year-old wife Moriya and two children, Eitan and Aviya.

Moriya on Sunday revealed her husband's death has put the young family on the brink of financial collapse, saying "they cut our livelihood and our lives in a moment, and now I don't know what will happen with the debts."

Donations can be made to the family which is sitting shiva (the traditional intensive mourning period) at 13 Trumpeldor Street in the coastal town of Beit Dagan, or to bank account number 340639 under the name Moriya Arami (Zafdanski), Bank Otsar Ha-Hayal branch 382.

In context of the criticism over delayed police reaction, it is worth noting that Shelly Dadon hy''d, who was murdered brutally with a knife by an Arab driver on May 1, was only recognized as a terror victim in late June, over two-and-a-half months after her murder and over two weeks after an indictment was filed proving that her murder was due to nationalistic motives. 

The recognition provides government assistance to the family, including psychological assistance, insurance (Bituach Leumi) benefits, and other monetary compensation, as well as official recognition at the annual Memorial Day ceremonies held at the military cemetery on Har Herzl.