Four Israelis were killed on Tuesday in a terrorist stabbing attack at a shopping center and gas station in Beersheba, with a number of others injured in the attack. One of the victims was Doris Yahbas, a resident of Moshav Gilat. Yahbas left behind her husband and three children. The second victim to be identified, Rabbi Moshe Kravitsky, was a Chabad emissary in the Nachal Beka neighborhood of Beersheba and for ten years had run a local soup kitchen. The third victim, Lora Yitzhak, was a resident of the city. The fourth victim, Menachem Yehezkel, 67, also local resident of Beersheba.
The site of the terrorist attack in Beersheba, Tuesday, March 22, 2022 (Photo: Magen David Adom)
Negev Arab-Bedouin local authority leaders issued a statement condemning the attack, saying “Violence is not our way and we completely disapprove of any violence and extremism.” “At the same time, we call on our Jewish brethren not to be led by the uproar of extremists in Jewish society and not to generalize from what happened today to the whole of Bedouin society,” said the leaders. “What the stabber did today hurts and wounds all the residents of the Negev, both Jewish and Bedouin.”
The Joint List condemned the attack, stressing that it “strongly opposes any harm to innocent civilians.” “Do not let the just struggle against discrimination and discrimination in the Negev slide into such acts. The Joint List has called and continues to call for a non-violent public and political struggle,” added the party, stressing that the attack must not be allowed to spark incitement and violence against the Arab population.
Joint List leader, MK Ayman Odeh (Hadash), expressed shock at the attack, saying “violence is not our way and we must condemn it with all our might.” “My heart goes out to the families of those killed in this difficult time, and I wish a speedy recovery to the wounded,” said Odeh.
The Hadash front – a part of the Joint List parliamentary faction- condemned the attack saying “the way of violence is not the way of the Arab public in general and the Negev in particular, and is not part of the just struggle of the Negev Arabs against the dispossession and oppression.” “We already hear the instigators intend to use the tragedy to ignite a racist fire and lead to violence against Arab citizens. They must not be allowed to exploit the murder of innocent people to lead to more violence,” added the front.
Joint List lawmaker Aida Touma-Sliman (Hadash) also condemns the terror attack in Beersheba. “I condemn the attack on innocent civilians in Beersheba. I send my prayers for the recovery of the wounded and condolences to the families of those killed. This is not the way of the Arab community generally, and in the Negev in particular, in its just struggle against ongoing dispossession and oppression,” she says.