Israeli Arabs Demand Update on Probe Into October 2000 Disturbances

Police killed 13 Arabs; Follow-Up Committee says it hasn't received any new information since September 2005.

Israeli Arab leaders on Wednesday sent a letter to Attorney General Menachem Mazuz asking for an update on progress in the investigation of the October 2000 disturbances in which police killed 13 Arab protesters.

Shweiki Khatib, chairman of the Israeli Arab Follow-Up Committee, wrote that Israeli Arab leaders had not been given any new information concerning the investigation since September 2005 when the Justice Ministry's Police Investigations Department agreed to reconsider not charging anyone involved in the killing of 13 Arab civilians during the disturbances.

Israeli Arab leaders praised the September decision to re-open the investigation into the disturbances, and saw the move as a result of their public struggle.

"We were hoping that the decision would lead to a discovery of truth, incorporation of justice and criminal charges against those involved. Since then nothing has happened and we are not certain how much the investigation has advanced," Khatib wrote to Mazuz.

The committee headed by judge Theodore Or investigating the October 2000 events came to the conclusion there was not enough evidence to support indictments of any police officers.

Adalah, the Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, requested access to all files related to the investigation. PID granted their request, and sent copies of the files to their offices. Adalah is still examining the files.