Man stabbed to death outside home in northern Arab town; 16-year-old arrested

Muhammad Amash, 34, said to have been killed during a fight after he saw a suspect vandalizing his brother’s car in Jisr az-Zarqa

Muhammad Amash, killed on January 16, 2022 (Courtesy)
Muhammad Amash, killed on January 16, 2022 (Courtesy)

A man was stabbed to death in the northern town of Jisr az-Zarqa on Sunday night and a 16-year-old has been arrested in connection with the killing.

Muhammad Amash, a 34-year-old resident of the town, was stabbed outside his home.

He was taken in critical condition to Hillel Yaffe Medical Center in Hadera, where medics pronounced his death.

Police said Monday morning that they had arrested the teen on suspicion of stabbing Amash. He is set to appear in court later in the day for a remand hearing.

Amash was married and the father of three children.

According to the Walla news site, he was in the yard of his home on Sunday evening when a suspect began to vandalize his brother’s car.

The town of Jisr Az-Zarqa where a 34-year-old man was stabbed, January 16, 2022 (Israel Police)

A fight ensued, during which Amash was stabbed in front of his family members.

An unnamed relative told the Ynet news site that Amash was “a good and honest person who didn’t hurt anybody.”

Arab Israeli communities have seen a surge in violence in recent years, driven mainly, but not exclusively, by organized crime.

Earlier this month, the country was shocked when 4-year-old Ammar Hujayrat was shot dead during a nearby gun battle between criminals while he was at a playground.

Amash’s killing marked the fifth fatality from Arab community violence in 2022, after a particularly bloody 2021, according to the Abraham Initiatives, which monitors and campaigns against violence in the Arab community.

Arab Israelis 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.

The community has also suffered from decades of neglect.

The Abraham Initiatives said there were 125 Arabs — an all-time record — killed in Israel in 2021 as a result of violence and crime.

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Public Security Minister Omer Barlev have vowed to crack down on the violence, which has shown little sign of abating.

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