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Time to part with Jabel Mukaber, Labor MK says

Labor MK Shelly Yachimovich calls on the government to cede control of the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabel Mukaber, home to two terrorists who carried out a deadly terror attack at a Har Nof synagogue in Jerusalem this morning.

A relative displays photos of cousins Ghassan, right, and Oday Abu Jamal at the family home in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabel Mukaber, Tuesday Nov. 18, 2014. The cousins stormed a Jerusalem synagogue on Tuesday, attacking worshipers with meat cleavers and a gun during morning prayers and killing four people before they were killed in a shootout with police, officials said. (photo credit: AP/Mahmoud Illean)
A relative displays photos of cousins Ghassan, right, and Uday Abu Jamal at the family home in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabel Mukaber, Tuesday November 18, 2014. (photo credit: AP/Mahmoud Illean)

“[Jabel Mukaber] is an Arab village where we insisted on providing its residents with Israeli identity cards and making it a Jerusalem neighborhood,” Yachimovich writes on her Facebook page.

“Jabel Mukaber is not [part of] the State of Israel and should not be in Israel. Jabel Mukaber is where the murderers came from today. It is where the killers who perpetrated the massacre at Merkaz Harav [yeshiva], the tractor attack, the terrible attack on the bus at the Pat intersection.”

“After each murder and terrorist attack the villagers react with joyous celebration. I want to hear a plausible explanation from the right-wing fanatics — how does the fact that we have the [residents of Jabel Mukaber] as Israeli citizens living in a neighborhood of Jerusalem contribute to the security of Israel?”

Labor MK Shelly Yachimovich  (Photo credit: Miriam Alster/Flash90)
Labor MK Shelly Yachimovich (photo credit: Miriam Alster/Flash90)

Yachimovich adds that the “terrorists must be dealt with harshly, without sentiment; chase them and punish them.”

She contends however, that “at the same time, no military, police, interrogators, or our finest special units will be able solve the problem at the root of this bloodbath — the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which is neglected by the right-wing government, which treats it as if it was a minor incident in the country.”

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