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Arab man shot dead in Lod, in fourth such murder in 48 hours

Woman and child treated for light injuries in shooting as violent crime wave grips Arab communities

Parademics from Magen David Adom respond to a deadly shooting in Lod on Saturday night, July 9, 2022 where a 60-year-old man was killed and a woman and child were injured. (MDA)
Parademics from Magen David Adom respond to a deadly shooting in Lod on Saturday night, July 9, 2022 where a 60-year-old man was killed and a woman and child were injured. (MDA)

A 60-year-old Arab man was fatally wounded in a shooting that also injured a woman and a child in the central Israeli city of Lod late Saturday night — the fourth such murder in about 48 hours, as a deadly crime wave grips Israel’s Arab communities.

The three were sitting in a vehicle in the city when the shooting occurred at around 11:00 pm, according to reports in the Hebrew media. The man, a resident of the Aram-majority town of Tira in central Israel, was critically wounded and later died of his injuries at the Assaf Harofeh Medical Center (also Yitzhak Shamir Medical Center) in Be’er Ya’akov. The woman and child, of unknown age, were being treated for light injuries, according to the reports.

Police said they launched an investigation into the shooting and were looking for suspects. According to the media reports, the incident was related to a criminal dispute.

On Friday, two men were shot dead in two separate incidents, a man in his 30s was killed in a shooting on Thursday night.

Sati Gerzozi, 56, was shot dead in the northern town of Rameh on Friday evening.

The victim had been facing criminal proceedings after being arrested in November for withholding an income of NIS 600,000 ($173,000), which he received from customers to whom he loaned money. The courts released Gerzozi on restrictive conditions and seized hundreds of thousands of shekels from him.

Earlier on Friday, Rajab Abu Hamad, 30, was shot dead in broad daylight in front of a community police station in the central city of Lod.

Rajab Abu Hamad, 30, who was shot dead in the central city of Lod on June 8, 2022. (Courtesy)

Police arrested two suspects in the case at the Hashmonaim checkpoint in the West Bank hours later, and said they were attempting to escape to Palestinian Authority-controlled territory.

On Thursday night, Fathi Shain, a 33-year-old from Tamra, was shot dead in the northern town of Zarzir.

Arab communities have seen a surge in violence in recent years. Many blame the police, who they say have failed to crack down on powerful criminal organizations and largely ignore the violence, which includes family feuds, mafia turf wars, and violence against women.

According to the Abraham Initiatives, a non-government group campaigning against violence in the Arab community, since the beginning of 2022 over 50 Arabs and Palestinians have been killed in violence or crime-related circumstances in Israel, mostly in shooting incidents.

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