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Man seriously hurt in north, 3 injured in south, amid crime wave in Arab community

Zichron Yaakov stabbing of 22-year-old said to be result of argument between residents of nearby Jisr az-Zarqa; 14-year-old among wounded in shooting in Bedouin town of Tel Sheva

Illustrative: A view of the northern Israel city of Zichron Yaakov, January 28, 2016. (Lior Mizrahi/Flash90)
Illustrative: A view of the northern Israel city of Zichron Yaakov, January 28, 2016. (Lior Mizrahi/Flash90)

A man was severely injured after being stabbed at a shopping mall near the northern coastal town of Zichron Yaakov on Saturday, as three others were injured in a shooting in a southern Bedouin town, amid a persistent wave of crime in Israel’s Arab community.

The 22-year-old stabbing victim, a resident of the nearby Arab town Jisr az-Zarqa, was treated by paramedics at the scene, then taken to Hillel Yaffe Medical Center in Hadera in serious but stable condition.

Police said they had opened an investigation into the incident and that officers were scanning the scene for the alleged stabber.

According to the Walla news site, the incident was linked to an apparent argument between the victim and another resident of Jisr az-Zarqa.

Also on Saturday, police said three people, including a 14-year-old boy, were wounded in a shooting at a cafe in the Negev Bedouin town of Tel Sheva.

According to police, gunmen opened fire from a passing vehicle at people sitting in the cafe. The motive for this incident was not immediately clear.

The victims, including the teenager, were brought to Soroka Medical Center in Beersheba.

The hospital said in a statement that the victims were being treated by the trauma center. One was in serious condition and undergoing surgery, while the two others were in mild condition.

Since the beginning of 2022, 97 Arab civilians have been killed in homicides in Israel. Among them are 82 gun violence victims, 11 women and 57 people under the age of 30, according to the Abraham Initiative monitoring group.

Arab communities have seen a surge in violence in recent years, amid a rise in organized crime and the proliferation of illegal weapons. Many blame the police, which is accused of failing to effectively crack down on powerful criminal organizations and family feuds.

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