Mofaz Visits Shfaram to Meet Families of Israeli Arab Terror Victims

Defense Minister also set to meet town's mayor; at Knesset, Public Security Minister does not condemn lynch of killer.

Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz on Wednesday visited the northern Israeli Arab town of Shfaram to meet families of the victims killed in a shooting attack by an Israeli Jewish terrorist last week.

Mofaz was also expected to meet the mayor Orsan Yasin.

Also on Wednesday, the Knesset plenum discussed in a special meeting during its recess the terror attack in which Eden Natan Zada killed four Israeli Arabs and wounded 12. Public Defense Minister Gideon Ezra said "there is no doubt extremists like the killer Eden Natan Zada pose a real danger to the state and the relations that should be between Jews and Arabs."

Ezra added that all Israeli citizens must isolate this terrible incident, understand what took place and what can be done to prevent similar incidents from recurring.

He stated that a team led by head of the investigations department of the Galilee region police is investigating the murders, and a separate team is investigating the assault of policemen in the bus as well as "the offenses committed by the rioting mob that caused damage to property."

The minister did not condemn the lynch act in which the killer died, and did not use the term in his speech.

MK Barakeh: We must dry out the bog of racism Opposition leader MK Yosef Lapid (Shinui) said at the Knesset "incitement caused the Shfaram murder." MK Yosef Sarid (Meretz-Yahad) said that after many fatal attacks by right-wing extremists, including the one carried out by Yitzhak Rabin's killer Yigal Amir "one cannot say right wingers carrying out such attacks are single rotten apples."

According to Sarid "this is a poisoneous flowerbed in which the murderers are not alone anymore, not before the murder, and not after it. They have supporters who do not hide, are not ashamed, proudly expose themselves and express their opinions."

MK Mohammed Barakeh (Hadash-Ta'al) said that "would the problem have been only this criminal, we'd say the criminal is dead, but the problem is to find the way to dry out the bog of racism, occupation and hatred, because so long as this bog exists, it will harbor creatures that would kill us all."