Culture and Sports Minister Miri Regev on Monday called on the government to revoke the Israeli citizenship of the mother of the Israeli Arab terrorist who carried out a deadly attack on the Beersheba Central Bus Station on Sunday.
The man, who was shot to death at the scene by Israeli security forces, was named as Israeli Bedouin Muhanad Alukabi, 21. According to the Shin Bet security service, Alukabi’s mother was originally from the Gaza Strip and was granted citizenship due to her marriage to an Israeli Arab man.
Members of his family have been arrested by police on suspicion of aiding and abetting Alukabi, who had no prior security record.
The Sunday evening attack killed IDF soldier Omri Levy and wounded 11 others. By Monday morning, six people were still hospitalized, including members of the security forces who took on the terrorist. One person was in serious condition, while the other five were being treated for light wounds, Army Radio said.
“His mother is a resident of Gaza who came to Israel to marry an Israeli citizen,” Regev, a Likud party lawmaker, said. “Now we need to cancel her identity card and expel her and the entire family of the murderer back to Gaza.”
Avigdor Liberman, head of the ultra-nationalist Yisrael Beytenu party, pointed the finger of responsibility for the attack at the police for not addressing “incitement to terrorism and encouragement of terrorists” from Arab lawmakers Hanin Zoabi, Jamal Zahalka and “the rest of their friends.”
“When law enforcement doesn’t appropriately address” incitement by Arab lawmakers, Liberman wrote on Facebook, “we get terrorists from Nazareth and Hura carrying out terror attacks against Jews.”
Earlier this month an Arab Israeli woman from Nazareth attempted to carry out a stabbing attack in Afula, and was shot and wounded.
Netanyahu was to meet Monday afternoon with opposition party leaders for a security briefing. Joint (Arab) List leader Ayman Odeh, however, wasn’t invited to the meeting, Haaretz reported. Opposition leader Isaac Herzog, Meretz party leader Zehava Gal-on, Liberman, Lapid and Netanyahu’s military secretary are expected to take part in the powwow.