JERUSALEM (Aug. 24)
Mayor Yitzhak Bokovsa of Or Yehuda paid a condolence visit Wednesday in Khan Yunis in the Gaza Strip, to the family of one of the Arabs burned to death in the arson committed in Or Yehuda earlier this month.
Three Arab laborers died of wounds suffered when a fire was set to the hut they were staying at in Or Yehuda, near Tel Aviv.
Police remanded two Jewish residents of the town as suspects, but suggested that the motive for the murder was criminal, as the Jews wanted revenge from the local building contractor for not hiring them.
The mayor met Wednesday with the family of Kafa Khalil Abdullah, one of the three victims.
“We came as human beings,” Bokovsa told reporters. “We have educated our children not to hurt any human being, Arabs included.” he noted that hundreds of Arabs are working in Or Yehuda and that no one was hurting them.
In Haifa, Arab notables met with Mayor Arye Gurel and condemned the grenade attack Saturday night, in which a family of seven was hurt.
Although it was not yet clear whether the motive for the attack was criminal or terrorist, the Arabs expressed the hope that the attack would not damage the good Arab-Jewish relations in the city.