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Man shot dead in East Jerusalem refugee camp

Police say officers come under rock attack in Shuafat as they search for perpetrators, try to collect evidence

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is a breaking news editor at the Times of Israel.

Police officers collect evidence in East Jerusalem's Shuafat refugee camp, after a suspected murder, on January 13, 2022. (Israel Police)
Police officers collect evidence in East Jerusalem's Shuafat refugee camp, after a suspected murder, on January 13, 2022. (Israel Police)

A 21-year-old man was gunned down Thursday in East Jerusalem’s Shuafat refugee camp, in what police were investigating as a suspected murder.

Nour Hammad, a resident of the camp, was brought to nearby Hadassah Hospital’s Mount Scopus campus, where he was pronounced dead.

According to a preliminary police investigation, there was no suspicion of a terrorist motive in the attack.

However, the exact motive remained unclear, and no suspects were immediately arrested.

Police said officers were attacked by locals, who hurled stones at them, when they entered the camp to collect evidence and search for suspects.

“Forces responded with riot dispersal means and located the scene of the incident and evidence was collected,” a law enforcement spokesperson said.

Arab Israeli communities have seen a surge in violence in recent years, driven mainly, but not exclusively, by organized crime. Hammad’s killing marked the third fatality from Arab community violence in 2022, after a particularly bloody 2021.

Arab Israelis blame 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.

The Abraham Initiatives, which monitors and campaigns against violence in the Arab community, said there were 125 Arabs killed in Israel in 2021 as a result of violence and crime, of whom 62 were below the age of 30.

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Public Security Minister Omer Barlev have vowed to crack down on the violence, as well as on illegal weapons.

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