Likud Knesset Member Gilad Erdan announced Sunday he will propose a ban on any form of public mourning for a terrorist, saying that the State of Israel is "more like a suicidal democracy than a democracy that is defending itself."
Although Ala Abu Dheim's family in Jordan was forbidden by Jordan's government to erect a mourning tent or publicly mourn him with an open house, the Israeli government did not stop his immediate family from doing so in Jerusalem, saying there was no law against it.
Abu Dheim massacred eight young yeshiva students and wounded 11 others in a massive shooting in the library of the Merkaz HaRav Kook Yeshiva last Thursday night. His family has been welcoming visitors paying their respects to honor the terrorist's memory.
Olmert: we won't pay for funeral
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told the National Insurance Institute not to hand over a payment for burial fees to the family of the terrorist who massacred eight yeshiva students Thursday. However, the decision will undergo review by legal experts "to see if it can be justified legally."
Speaking at Sunday's cabinet meeting, Olmert instructed the security forces "to act according to the law" in the matter of the mourners' tent put up by the killer's family in eastern Jerusalem. He asked that Hamas flags and other "nationalist symbols" be removed from the tent and its vicinity.
Family concerned about its business
Meanwhile, the family members of mass child-murderer Abu-Dheim removed the Hamas and Hizbullah flags that were hung around their house after the Jerusalem massacre and claimed Sunday that they did not know who put the flags up. The flags were only removed Sunday after the municipality ordered the family to take them down.
The family published a press statement in which they said that their son did nothing to indicate that he was about to carry out a murderous attack in Israel. The terrorist's father claimed to be "in a state of shock." Three of the family members were arrested Sunday.
Channel 10 reported that the family business depends on working relations with Israelis and that the family is afraid these relations will now be severed.
One family member said that had he known of his relative's intent to carry out the terror attack he would have "put a bullet in his head" himself. However, the man covered his face as he spoke so that he could not be recognized.