"Had my brother been Jewish, the police officers would not have ridiculed him. But since he was Arab, this is the treatment we received," said the sister of Ramla resident Ala Hindi after Ynet revealed that police detectives exchanged text messages in which they expressed amusement over his murder during a group chat on WhatsApp.
Referring to Hindi's murder, the detectives wrote, among other things, "good riddance" and "Lol. Yitgadal Veyitkadash." Yitgadal Veyitkadash is part of the kadish prayer for the dead.
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On Sunday Israel Police announced that the detectives would be prosecuted, and the victim's relatives promised they would not remain silent. "I guess police officers are bored," Ala's sister Lulu said at the family home in Ramla on Sunday.
"Instead of catching my brother's murderers they are playing children's games," she said. "This is a disgrace for the State of Israel and for all the policemen and officers in the force. Those who knew my brother know he did not have a criminal past."
Amal Hindi, the victim's mother, said: "It is difficult for me to process the text message exchange. The officers' duty is to find the killer who is on the loose, not to engage in such nonsense.
"When the investigators came to our home they promised to do everything in order to catch the murderer, even if they will have to go to the end of the world to find him. But so far they haven't done anything," she said. "From what we've heard, the killer is in Ramallah. I don’t know what they're waiting for."
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