Hundreds marched through Shfaram yesterday to mark the second year since a Jewish Israel Defense Forces deserter carried out a terrorist attack in the town. The procession was organized by the People's Committee, which was established in the town following the incident.
Most of the participants were locals, but Arab MKs and representatives of political movements in the Arab community also attended. Jewish left-wing activists, including Tali Fahima, also took part in the commemorative event.
Boycotting the event were Shfaram mayor, Orsan Yasmin, who does not recognize the People's Committee, and the leadership of the Islamic Movement - Northern Branch, headed by Sheikh Raed Salah.
The attack on Shfaram civilians was carried out by IDF deserter Eden Natan Zade, who used his army-issued rifle to kill four civilians in a bus and injure others.
A mob later lynched Natan Zade.
Israeli right-wing activists petitioned the police earlier this week to allow them to carry out a demonstration in Shfaram to protest the fact that those suspected of involvement in the lynch had not been prosecuted.
Shvaky Hatib, the chairman of the Arab Monitoring Committee, an organization representing Arab community leaders, said, "those people stopped the massacre and there is no reason to try them," he said.
Hatib called on Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and President Shimon Peres to "transform slogans to practice. Immediately following the attack, the Israeli leadership condemned the attack and spoke of incorporating the Arab public [into Israeli society] and of equality."
MK Mohammad Barakeh (Hadash), a Shfaram resident, said that "the message of this procession is that we will not forget and we will not forgive."
Balad chairman, MK Jamal Zahalka said, "Israeli society, or the political culture that created Natan Zade, has not changed. The Israeli leadership may have condemned the crime but has not done enough to deal with the causes of the crime."
Nasrin Turki, whose sisters, Dina and Hazar were murdered in the attack, asked to relay the following message to the country's leadership: "So long as you intensify the force of evil, we will not surrender or give ground."
During the march, teenagers set an Israeli flag on fire, despite the efforts of the organizers to maintain order.
Two teenagers were arrested by police in suspicion of burning the flag.
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