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Relative of former top Arab cop Hakrush shot dead

Fadi Hakrush killed while driving through northern Arab town of Kfar Kanna; police find burned vehicle in nearby field, suspect it was used by gunmen

Fadi Hakrush. (courtesy)
Fadi Hakrush. (courtesy)

A relative of a former top Arab cop was shot dead by unknown assailants on Tuesday in Kafr Kanna.

Fadi Hakrush, who is related to Maj. Gen. Jamal Hakrush, a deputy commissioner who headed a unit tasked with fighting crime in the Arab Israeli community, was shot while driving through the northern Arab town, causing his car to flip over.

Media reports said that Fadi had a criminal background.

Magen David Adom paramedics treated him and took him to the Holy Family Hospital in Nazareth while performing CPR, where he was pronounced dead.

Following the shooting, officials found a burned-out vehicle in a field between the villages of Kafr Manda and Mashhad. Police were investigating whether the vehicle was used by the culprits.

Investigators suspect the shooting was due to a criminal feud.

Israel Police commander Jamal Hakrush attends a Knesset event on February 5, 2018. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

Jamal Hakrush resigned from the police earlier this month after Haaretz published footage of him apparently fleeing the scene of a deadly stabbing two years ago. The footage showed Hakrush rushing away from the scene and stumbling over the victim, who was lying fatally wounded in a stairwell.

According to the Abraham Initiatives, a non-government group lobbying against violence in the Arab community, since the beginning of the year, 12 Arabs have been killed in Israel in incidents of violent crime.

Arab communities have seen a surge in violence in recent years, driven mainly by organized crime.

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.

Budget plans passed late last year call for billions of shekels over the next five years to be funneled toward addressing violence in Arab society and developing the community’s economy.

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