East Jerusalem man stabbed to death in suspected murder

4 arrested as cops carry out searches in Issawiya after Fadi Darwish, 27, killed; investigators suspect incident linked to dispute between families

Israel Police working at the site of a violent incident in East Jerusalem on November 10, 2021. (Israel Police)
Israel Police working at the site of a violent incident in East Jerusalem on November 10, 2021. (Israel Police)

A 27-year-old man was fatally stabbed Wednesday in East Jerusalem’s Issawiya neighborhood, in what police were investigating as a suspected murder.

The Issawiya resident was brought to nearby Hadassah Hospital Mount Scopus, where he was pronounced dead. He was later identified as Fadi Darwish.

A police statement said the man was suspected of being stabbed in “a violent incident” and that an investigation was opened into his suspected murder.

Police later announced the arrest of two adults and a pair of minors. All four suspects live in the neighborhood.

Investigators suspect the stabbing was linked to a dispute that developed earlier between two families, according to a police statement.

Police also said officers were carrying out searches in Issawiya and that rocks were thrown toward some of them. The neighborhood has been the site of past clashes between local Palestinian residents and Israeli police.

Later on Wednesday, two homes in the neighborhood were set on fire, a spokesperson for the fire services said. Police said officers were at the scene of the apparent arson, as the feuding sides hurled stones, Molotov cocktails, and launched fireworks at each other and police forces.

A fire is seen in East Jerusalem’s Issawiya neighborhood, November 10, 2021. (Video screenshot)

The deadly stabbing came amid a wave of violent crime in Arab Israeli areas and East Jerusalem, with this year poised to be the bloodiest on record.

Since the beginning of 2021, 106 Arab Israelis have been killed in suspected homicides, according to the Abraham Initiatives nonprofit. Some 90 were citizens of Israel, and another 16 were Palestinians, either from East Jerusalem or with Israeli residency.

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