"I don’t think that there will be anyone else who will be able to do what Peres did for the sake of Israelis and Arabs," said an Israeli-Arab who himself attended the funeral.
"The fact that even (Palestinian President) Mahmoud Abbas shed a tear says it all. Sadly, (Haneen) Zoabi and (Ayman) Oudeh don't represent the whole sector."
Haneen Zoabi and Ayman Oudeh both boycotted Peres's funeral.
A relative of Hanin Zoabi, Nael Zoabi, came out against his relative's actions. "The Joint Arab List has done a huge injustice to the memory of Shimon Peres. I believe that their actions are in-humane and don't represent us. I'm embarrassed by what they did. It wasn't done in good taste whatsoever."
Joint Arab List Chairman Ayman Oudeh responded to the criticism, saying "while I expressed my sorrows to the family in private, the funeral was not a private matter – it was done in order to help construct a collective memory, a memory which refuses to acknowledge the pain of the Arab minority."