Two weeks after Jewish construction worker Netanel Arami died after falling 11 stories, Arutz Sheva has learned that police suspect he was murdered, thus confirming what Arami's family and nationalist politicians have been saying from day one.
Police investigators think an Arab co-worker at the site cut the rope that Arami was connected to as he rapelled down the side of the building.
Arami, 27, owned a small rapelling business which he had been running for several years.
MK Moshe Feiglin (Likud), who visited the grieving Arami family shortly after Netanel's death, was convinced from the outset that he was murdered. “For five hours, Netanel lay crushed on the ground,” wrote. His mother learned of the accident from news site Ynet,” he wrote on Facebook. 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 placed on details of the investigation was unjustified. “What is there to hide here except the wish to block, to cover the eyes of the public?”
The police's allegedly lethargic reaction to the case sparked public outcry and protests. Arami's parents, Rabbi Uziel and Miryam Arami, complained to Deputy Health Minister Rabbi Eliyahu Ben-Dahan (Jewish Home) about the police's "failed" management and inefficiency in investigating the apparent murder.
They noted that police didn't even come to them after Netanel's death, and didn't bother to receive information from the family that might aid in investigating possible nationalistic motives.
Netanel's mother Miryam told Ben-Dahan "even when (the police) arrived, they asked 'in brief' about the story and basically weren't interested. My second-oldest son spoke to Netanel a few minutes before (he fell to his death), and with him too they didn't check anything, or with another friend who apparently talked to him seconds before and during the fall."
Supporting the evidence of Arab terrorism, Netanel's wife Moriya revealed Sunday "my husband was a religious man, but he always went to work without a kippah on his head out of fear of the Palestinian workers employed at construction sites." She added he was an expert in rapelling and had no disputes.
Arami's family also complained on Tuesday about the manner in which the police informed them of their loved one's death.
"The police arrived very late (after the incident) to (Netanel's) widow's home and told her about the murder without any preparation, when her little children were in her arms," said Miryam. "No humanity. It's simply an embarrassment. It's as if they were informing her that her child fell in the garden downstairs."
The bereaved mother vowed that she would take action against the "inhumane" police management of the case, and that she would demand a clarification of their actions.