MK Moshe Feiglin (Likud) is convinced that Netanel Arami, a construction worker who fell 18 stories to his death last week, was murdered by Arab construction workers.
Feiglin went to pay a visit of condolence to Arami's parents, brothers, his pregnant widow and two orphan children Saturday evening.
Feiglin elegantly skirted a gag order on the case and wrote: "Netanel's story is no less shocking than that of the three youths [abducted and murdered in June in the Etzion Bloc]. If you and I had been there at the end of the rope on the 18th floor, the Arab murderer would have cut the rope and we would have plummeted to our shocking death, just like Netanel did. He did not murder Netanel for a personal reason. He murdered him because he is a Jew, just like what befell the youths.
Feiglin is well acquainted with rapelling; he once ran a rapelling business in which he was one of the rapellers. "For five hours, Netanel lay crushed on the ground,” he wrote. His mother learned of the accident from news site Ynet.” Netanel's co-worker “arrived there with the police. They 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.”
Feiglin hinted broadly that the gag order was unjustified. “What is there to hide here except the wish to block, to cover the eyes of the public?”
Like MK Orit Struk, he blamed the police for insensitivity to the plight of the Arami family. But he went further: by not saying immediately that the murder was a terrorist act, police were besmirching Netanel and his family, and creating the impression that it could have been criminally motivated.
"Imagine what would have happened if the story had been reversed,” he asked his readers. “An Arab worker plunges to his death, the rope is found to have been cut and on the roof, Jewish laborers are laughing... there would have been no time to talk about Gideon Saar's resignation, for all the media chatter. The president and half the government would have dashed off to console the family. The police would have established a whole slew of special investigative teams. The limp Minister for Public Security would have called to destroy several settlements, etc.”
Feiglin, who is celebrating 100,000 “likes” to his Facebook page in a celebratory event on Monday, asked his supporters to bring checks for the Arami family as well – and to visit them in their shiva, at 13 Trumpeldor Street in Beit Dagan. Unlike the soldiers who fell in battle or the three youths who were abducted and murdered, he explained – the Aramis find themselves alone, without the warm embrace of the Jewish nation, because of the unwarranted gag order.