(JNS.org) Israeli police said Wednesday that Netanel Arami, the 26-year-old Jewish construction worker who was killed in September when he fell from the 11th floor of a Petach Tikva construction site, was the victim of a terror attack.
On Sept. 16, Arami was allegedly murdered by Arab co-workers who cut the rope holding him while he was rappelling on the side of the building. The police assessment, which was revealed after the Petach Tikva Magistrate’s Court partially lifted a gag order placed on the investigation, falls in line with prior statements by Arami family members and Israeli politicians.
“It’s important to us that this comes out, that people know that it was not just a case of Netanel going to work in the morning and not coming home. He was murdered because he was Jewish,” his mother, Miriam, told Israel’s Channel 2 on Wednesday.
Most of the details of the investigation remain under gag order.
“As part of the investigation, the police and Shin Bet security agency arrested three suspects involved in [Arami’s] murder, allegedly over nationalistic motives,” an Israel Police statement said. “The three ware released following an extensive interrogation, and only after the case was reviewed by the State Attorney’s Office, which determined that there was no legal justification to keep them in custody. The investigation is ongoing.”