"His wife, his children… Allah help them now. I don't know what we'll do," Taisir Karaki's brother told Ynet Monday evening, following the murder of his brother in Tel Aviv earlier in the day by a new immigrant from France.
The police, he said, told him two suspects were arrested, and that they take this case very seriously. "I hope justice will be done…these vile killers must be punished to the full extent of the law."
A French immigrant earlier confessed to the murder of the Arab taxi driver. Involvement of his brother, who was also arrested, is under investigation.
The murder suspect and his brother will be brought to court Tuesday, where the police will ask they be remanded in custody.
"Israelis must display their earnest in this case. They must show their integrity," said a friend of the family who wished to remain anonymous.
Arab MK's were outraged after they learned the murder was categorized a hate crime. "The rising hatred and racism are breading grounds for hate crimes. The courts will probably find extenuating circumstances for this heinous crime," he added.
MK Talab El-Sana (United Arab List-Ta'al) blamed the Right for mass inciting against the Palestinians, for raising murderers and for condoning violence against Palestinians.
"This murder blend in with the condoning of Palestinian bloodshed and the fact that hurting them is legitimate," said Hadash Chairman MK Mohammad Barakeh. "Unless we find a political solution resulting in two states for two peoples, I'm afraid we'll see more of this."
MK Said Napa (National Democratic Assembly), who recently took Azmi Bishara's place as MK said the "demonization and incitement against the Arab public give this kind of act its legitimization. Turning words into actions was just a matter o time."
Roee Nahmias and Avi Cohen contributed to the report