Arab Israeli shot and killed in second fatality of day
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Arab Israeli shot and killed in second fatality of day

Arab leaders accuse police of neglecting their communities; ‘If the victims were Jewish, the reaction and treatment would be different,’ says MK Ahmad Tibi

Illustrative: The scene of a drive-by shooting in the Arab Israeli town of Umm al-Fahm that left a 14-year-old boy wounded on December 26, 2018. The white car in the center was the target of the shooting, police said. (Hadashot TV screen capture)
Illustrative: The scene of a drive-by shooting in the Arab Israeli town of Umm al-Fahm that left a 14-year-old boy wounded on December 26, 2018. The white car in the center was the target of the shooting, police said. (Hadashot TV screen capture)

An Arab Israeli man was shot and killed late Sunday evening in the northern town of Baqa al-Gharbiya, medics said, the second fatality in the community in a day.

The circumstances of the shooting were not immediately clear. The man, 35, was rushed to a hospital but declared dead on arrival.

The killing comes after another Arab Israeli man was shot dead early Sunday morning by a masked gunman at the entrance to his home in the northern town of Tamra.

Following the shootings Arab Israeli MK Ahmad Tibi accused Israeli police of neglecting the minority communities.

MK Ahmad Tibi at the Knesset on October 23, 2017. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

“The police succeeded in the (Jewish) towns of Netanya and Nahariya but do not invest the same effort in Arab towns,” said Tibi.

“There is a lot of anger and the excuse that there are budget problems is nonsense. If the victims were Jewish the reaction and treatment would be different,” he said.

In the incident in Tamra, the victim Wissam Jawdat Yasin, 44, can be seen in security footage speaking on the phone when a car stops next to him, a man comes out and shoots him several times from close range.

The assailant then gets back in the car and an accomplice, the driver, speeds away.

Yasin was critically wounded and taken to Rambam Hospital in Haifa, where medical staff pronounced him dead.

Police launched an investigation and said that “at this point the background for this incident is unclear.”

Wisam Jawdat Yasin from the northern Israeli city of Tamra, shot dead on May 19, 2019. (Courtesy)

Dozens of residents demonstrated at the scene in protest of what they say is police negligence in taking care of crime in the city, and the Tamra municipality announced a general strike on Sunday.

The city has been suffering lately from many violent crimes, including armed robberies and shootings at homes and businesses. Police reportedly patrols the streets 24 hours a day, but that has still proved insufficient in preventing the violence.

Yasin’s relative was quoted by the Ynet news site at saying the victim had opened a jewelry shop in the city a few days ago.

“We are surprised and don’t know why he was murdered,” the unnamed relative said. “There is no reason for people to murder a respected man who isn’t involved in any dispute. Police need to apprehend the murderers as soon as possible and not take this matter lightly. If the murderers aren’t apprehended they will keep murdering people.”

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