A 38-year-old woman was shot dead Monday in the Arab Israeli city of Tira, in what was the fourth homicide in the past four days in the Arab community, which is experiencing a wave of deadly violent crime.
The woman, identified as Suha Mansour, was gunned down in the beauty parlor she owned in her hometown in the central region of the country.
Paramedics who arrived at the scene found her unconscious, not breathing, and suffering from gunshot wounds. After efforts at resuscitation failed they declared her dead.
Police said officers opened an investigation into the killing.
The shooter fired five shots at Mansour from a short distance and then fled the scene, according to Hebrew media reports.
MK Ayman Odeh, leader of the Joint List, a predominantly Arab party, wrote on Twitter that Mansour was the 26th Arab Israeli killed by violent crime since the beginning of the year.
“Every additional man or woman murdered that is added to the death toll is a mark of Caine on the police and the government and a decade of criminal negligence,” he wrote.
A resident of Tira blamed the police for the violence, noting that the force had recently opened a station in the city.
“Since the station opened, the crime rate has risen. With the police, the situation is more serious,” she told Ynet.
“If a police officer had been shot, we would have seen arrests within an hour,” said the woman, who was not identified in the report.
Several months ago Mansour’s car was torched and shots were fired at her beauty parlor, the Kan public broadcaster reported, noting that there are internal conflicts among her extended family.
Mansour had in the past filed complaints of violence against her husband, whom she later divorced while he was serving time in prison, Kan said, without giving further details of his conviction.
After his release, the couple reconciled and returned to live together. A police source told the station that her ex-husband is not a suspect, although all avenues of investigation were being looked at.
Arab cities and towns have seen a surge in violence in recent years, with organized crime seen as the main driver. Arab Israelis blame the police, whom they say has failed to crack down on powerful criminal organizations.
On Friday two cousins were shot dead in the Arab town of Deir al-Asad. Hours earlier, a man was shot dead at the entrance to his home in the Bedouin village of Ibtin.
Last month, a 27-year-old man was shot and killed in Tira, later identified as Muhammad Iyad Qassem.
In 2020, 96 Arab Israelis were killed, by far the highest annual toll in recent memory.
More than 90 percent of shootings in Israel last year took place in Arab communities, according to police. Arab Israelis account for around one-fifth of the country’s population.