Stray bullet fired at Bedouin wedding hits car in southern kibbutz

No injuries reported from celebratory gunfire; vehicle’s owner: ‘Just imagine what would have happened if it hurt a child’; head of regional council urges police to take action

Michael Horovitz is a breaking news editor at The Times of Israel

View of the Bedouin city of Rahat in southern Israel, on April 8, 2019. (Moshe Shai/Flash90)
View of the Bedouin city of Rahat in southern Israel, on April 8, 2019. (Moshe Shai/Flash90)

A stray bullet fired at a wedding in the Bedouin city of Rahat damaged a car in nearby Kibbutz Mishmar Hanegev overnight Friday.

Meir Feldfaber, the car’s owner, told the Ynet news site he awoke on Saturday morning to find a bullet from an M-16 rifle and the resulting hole in his car. No injuries were reported from the shooting.

“It’s possible to repair the car, but just imagine what would have happened if it hurt a child. It’s very scary,” he said, adding that he quickly contacted the police.

Police said they were investigating the incident, but confirmed that the bullet was the result of celebratory gunfire at a wedding in the area.

In a message to its residents on Saturday, the kibbutz wrote that a wedding took place in Rahat and that the shooting began at 8:30 p.m.

“At this hour, people spend time outside, and it could hurt people or animals and not a vehicle,” the kibbutz said.

Nir Zamir, chair of the Bnei Shimon Regional Council, urged police to raid weddings where there is gunfire and confiscate the weapons.

“They need to take care of this to prevent disaster. It endangers all of us, both residents of the communities and the Bedouins.”

Celebratory gunfire is a recurring phenomenon at Arab weddings in Israel, despite being illegal.

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