Issa Ibrahim Islam
Photo: Panet website
Swastikas on Haniyeh and Abbas' foreheads
Scene of the deadly rampage
Photo: Yaron Brener

TA rampage driver receives threat letters

Lawyer of driver suspected of carrying out deadly rampage in Tel Aviv on 'Nakba Day' gets letter with suspect's photo with swastikas on through forehead

Who threatened the truck driver from Kfar Qassem? The attorney of Issa Ibrahim Islam, the 22-year-old Arab truck driver who killed one person and wounded 18 in a suspected terror attack in Tel Aviv on "Nakba Day," filed a complaint with the police after receiving letters containing threats and curse words against him and his client.


In one of the threat letters Attorney Badir Mufid presented to the police, the sender included pictures of Osama bin Laden, Hamas prime minister in Gaza Ismail Haniyeh, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas as well as a picture of the suspect himself, with swastikas drawn on their foreheads.




 'Terrorist will never leave jail.' Excerpt out of letter


The letter contained racist slurs, calling the driver "a pig son of a pig", "Palestinazi," and other debasing statements. The author of the letter also write "the terrorist will never leave jail," and that "the sea is the same sea, and Arabs are the same Arabs – garbage."


"On Thursday evening I opened my mailbox and found a letter addressed to me and to Issa," Attorney Mufid told Ynet. "After opening the letter, I saw curses and slurs directed at Issa and his family, and paragraphs reading 'death sentence to the murderer,' and other harsh and threatening statements," he said.


Attorney Badir Mufid with the papers (Photo: Mustafa Sarsur)


The lawyer presented the letter to Islam's family, and after a consultation they decided to file a complaint at the police. "We still don’t know who is behind these malicious acts," he said, adding that this is not the first time he and his acquaintances have received threats. "A few days after the accident my friend, who is a distinguished figure in the Arab sector, woke up and discovered that his car had been torched and next to it someone wrote 'revenge.'


"These acts indicate that racist elements enter the village and perpetrate these criminal acts without anyone noticing," Mufid added.


On Monday, the Petah Tikva Magistrate's Court extended the remand of Islam by three additional days. The police attribute Islam with murder offences, membership in a terrorist organization and endangering lives on a public transportation lane. Islam claims that a puncture tire caused him to lose control over the truck.


The Rosh Ha'ayin police confirmed that they received the complaint and said an investigation has been launched.



פרסום ראשון: 05.31.11, 23:20
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