The Higher Israeli Arab Monitoring Committee held a meeting on Saturday morning in Nazareth to discuss the suitable responses to Thursday’s shooting attack by an Israel settler-soldier in Shfa-Amr in northern Israel, which left four Arab residents dead.

Shawqi Khateeb, the committee’s chairman, said that the Arab public in Israel can defend itself and will not stand still “before those who kill our children”.

Isaam Makhoul, an Arab member of the Knesset  (Hadash-Ta’al party), said the Arab public in Israel should borrow the same language used by Israel.

“We should start demanding the dismantling of the infrastructure of the Israel far-right and fascist terrorism in Israel,” he said. “We demand that Israel should collect the illegal weapons held by the settlers.”

Soheil Sarsur, leader of the southern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel, said that the shooting was a further proof of the existence of “Jewish terrorism, terrorism that is not carried out by Palestinians, Arabs or Muslims.”

Israeli Vice Premier Shimon Peres was expected to visit the bereaved families later on Saturday, according to Israeli sources.

On Saturday morning, Interior Minister Ophir Pines-Paz, arrived in Shfa-Amr and met with its mayor, Orsan Yasin, before paying respect and condolence visits to the victims’ families.