Joint List Blames Israeli Government for Be’er Sheva Attack

The Arab Joint List party condemned Sunday's terror attack at the Be'er Sheva Central Bus Station on Monday, while simultaneously calling on 'Arabs and Jews' together to 'end the Occupation.'

"We express vehement opposition and condemn the shootings and killings at the central bus station in Be'er Sheva," the party said in a statement. "The struggle of the Arab community in Israel is a political, popular, public and parliamentary struggle, [which is] nonviolent."

"We once again call on the public, Arabs and Jews, to stand together in the fight against the cycle of terror, occupation, and hatred," they added. "The only way to do that is through ending the occupation and reaching a peace agreement that would guarantee independence and justice for both peoples."  

The party also accused the government of "incitement and intimidation against the Arab population by the government."

On Sunday night, two people were killed in the attack and nine others wounded – several seriously – when 21 year-old Israeli Arab Muhaned Al-Okabi shot a soldier, grabbed his automatic weapon and opened fire on a group of police standing in the station. He was later shot dead by security forces. 

Several MKs from the Joint List have been directly linked to terror groups – most notably MK Hanin Zoabi, who called for a "mass intifada" last week. 

Cynthia Blank contributed to this report. 


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