JERUSALEM (JTA) – A Jewish construction worker who fell to his death in Petah Tikvah was killed in a terror attack, police say.
Nathaniel Arami, 26, fell 11 stories from the side of a high-rise building where he was doing exterior work when both of his rappelling cables snapped in an incident on Sept. 16. His co-workers had finished work and had walked away from the site before he fell.
Three Arab co-workers had been taken in for questioning by the Shin Bet security service and Israel Police following the death but were later released, according to reports. Most of the workers on the construction site were Arab-Israelis and Palestinians, according to reports.
Police initially said the fall was an accident. The family called for the lifting of a gag order on the investigation imposed by the Petah Tikvah Magistrate’s Court, calling the order a cover up. The court lifted the gag order on Wednesday.
Also on Wednesday, Arami’s family was recognized as terror victims, which entitles them to compensation.
Arami is survived by a pregnant wife and two young children.