Three men shot dead in north and central Israel in separate incidents
search

Three men shot dead in north and central Israel in separate incidents

One killed and four injured in northern Bedouin village of Ibtin; man from Kfar Qasim shot dead at Petah Tikva building site; man murdered in central city of Tira

The scene where a man was shot dead and four were injured in the northern village of Ibtin, July 18, 2020 (Israel Police)
The scene where a man was shot dead and four were injured in the northern village of Ibtin, July 18, 2020 (Israel Police)

Three people were killed in seemingly separate shooting incidents on Saturday evening and Sunday morning, police said.

A 53-year-old man was shot dead and four men were injured in the northern Bedouin village of Ibtin on Saturday evening.

The injured men, aged 29, 20, 41 and 55, were in serious and moderate condition and were taken to Haifa’s Rambam Hospital for treatment.

Police opened an investigation and later announced they arrested a 36-year-old man on suspicion of involvement in the shooting.

In the early hours of Sunday morning, a resident of the central city of Kafr Qasim was shot dead at a building site in Petah Tikva.

Police said they opened an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the 55-year-old’s death.

Later on Sunday morning, police said a 55-year-old man from the central city of Tira was shot dead.

There was no immediate announcement of arrests relating to the second two shootings.

Recent years have seen an increase in killings and gun crime in Arab Israeli communities. Arab leaders say police largely ignore the violence, which includes family feuds, mafia turf wars, and violence against women.

Israeli Arabs protest against violence, organized crime and recent killings in their communities in the town of Majd al-Krum, northen Israel, October 3, 2019. (David Cohen/FLASH90)

A number of demonstrations and large rallies have been held to protest what Arab Israelis say is a failure to adequately deal with the wave of criminal violence within the community.

Only 30 percent of the alleged murders in the Arab Israeli community in 2019 — 27 out of 88 — have been solved, according to the Haaretz newspaper.

Thirty-six percent of Arab Israelis have a sense of personal insecurity in the community where they live due to violence, compared to 12.8% among Jewish Israelis, according to a 2019 report by the Abraham Fund.

Baladna, a nonprofit organization, has reported that young Arab Israelis are the most likely to be killed within the community — more than half of those murdered are 18 to 34 years old.

read more:
comments