Hundreds Protest Over Alleged Cover-Up of Terror

Demonstrators send police a message: stop covering up the murder - and treating the family like pariahs.

Yoni Kempinski, Ari Yashar , | updated: 8:36 PM

בני משפחתו של נתנאל עראמי
בני משפחתו של נתנאל עראמי
יוני קמפינסקי

Hundreds of people protested in the central city of Bat Yam on Wednesday night, demonstrating over the alleged cover-up of the nationalistic motivations behind the death - presumed murder - of construction worker Netanel Arami. 

The protest began from Arami's family's home and proceeded toward the central police station. 

"We demonstrate against the outspoken and irreverent attitude of the police toward family of the victim, and the attempt to cover up the murder and making Netanel's death seem like criminal negligence," said Yehuda, a social activist organizing the demonstration. 

"We expected that the Israeli police would protect the victims of the attack, but we feel that instead of help they treat the family as criminals," he added. 

On Tuesday police finally acknowledged their suspicions of what Arami's family had been saying since his death, namely that he was murdered by an Arab co-worker who cut both of his ropes in an act of terrorism. There has yet to be an arrest in the case.

Police began investigating another incident that occurred two weeks ago just before Arami's death, which they believe may be connected. In the incident, a massive 500 kilogram (1,100 pounds) generator inexplicably fell from the same 11th story of the building, at a time when workers involved in a dispute with other workers were standing below.

Miraculously no one was wounded or killed in the incident, but police suspect that a thorough investigation of the generator fall may lead to the same Arab co-workers who killed Arami. It should be noted Arami's wife has already stated that her husband had no enemies at work.

Arami's family held a press conference on Tuesday after the police announcement of suspected terrorism, in which Arami's mother Miriam said "they murdered my son because he's Jewish. There's no other reason here."

Arami is survived by his wife Moriya, 24, and their two young children; the young mother is expecting their third child.