A teenager was killed in a shooting Tuesday night in the town of Jaljulia in central Israel, becoming the 23rd Arab Israeli to die in violent circumstances this year. Another boy was also seriously wounded in the incident.
According to the Kan public broadcaster, the two were sitting outside their homes when they were fired upon. The report said the family is apparently involved in a criminal underground dispute, but it remains unclear if the two boys were the target.
Police said they were investigating the matter.
A senior medic who was at the scene said that there was a “great commotion, the two victims were lying in the street with gunshot wounds. Immediately, we began to treat them.”
“We quickly put them in the emergency ambulance to transport them to the hospital, while continuing life-saving treatment,” the Magen David Adom medic said.
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One of the victims, a 14-year-old boy, arrived at the hospital with no vital signs, Meir Medical Center in Kfar Saba said in a statement.
He was later identified as Muhammad Abdelrazek Ades.
The other victim, a 12-year-old boy who arrived at the hospital with multiple gunshot wounds, was in “very serious” condition, and had undergone surgery, according to the hospital.
The wounded boy was identified as Mustafa Osama Hamed.
Ayman Odeh, the chairman of the predominantly Arab Joint List party, said that “there are no words to describe the magnitude of the horror and heavy loss.”
“The heinous criminals are the ones who pulled the trigger, but the government’s criminal neglect policy is no less to blame,” Odeh added.
Joint List MK Aida Touma-Sliman expressed her anger over the shooting, similarly blaming both the criminals and the government.
“It’s heartbreaking,” Touma-Sliman said, adding that “the blood is on the criminals, but the blame is also on the government and police who have neglected our children.”
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“Both are victims of the criminal neglect of Netanyahu and his government. Netanyahu is responsible for the crime and the neglect of the illegal weapons phenomenon in the Arab community,” Joint List MK Heba Yazbak said.
The Jaljulia Local Council announced that a general strike will be held Wednesday in the town, following the deadly shooting.
Meanwhile, a second shooting incident in the Arab community was reported in the northern city of Sakhnin. A local 35-year-old man was taken to Galilee Medical Center in moderate condition, the hospital said.
In another violent incident Tuesday night, a 22-year-old man was seriously wounded in a stabbing on a highway between the towns of Midrakh Oz and Mishmar HaEmek in northern Israel. He was transported to Emek Medical Center by Magen David Adom medics.
According to the Abraham Initiatives nonprofit, the deadly shooting in Jaljulia marks 23 Arabs who have died violently in Israel since the beginning of 2021.
Ending the spread of violence and organized crime is a major priority for Arab Israelis. In 2020, 96 Arab Israelis were killed, by far the highest annual toll in recent memory.