Woman’s body found in burning car in north, after apparent bombing

Separately in East Jerusalem, a young man is shot dead and another is seriously hurt

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent

A burning car is seen by the entrance of Sajur on Sepetember 8, 2021. (Video screenshot)
A burning car is seen by the entrance of Sajur on Sepetember 8, 2021. (Video screenshot)

A woman’s body was found in a burnt-out car near the northern town of Sajur on Wednesday night, officials said.

Magen David Adom medics initially said it was impossible to determine the sex and age of the victim due to the “nature of the injury.”

“After the firefighting operations, and when it was possible to approach the scene, we identified inside the vehicle a victim who was unconscious, with no vital signs, and with severe injuries to all parts of their body, and we had no choice but to declare their death,” an MDA medic said.

The body was identified as female at the Abu Kabir Institute of Forensic Medicine in Tel Aviv on Thursday morning, Channel 12 news reported.

She was later identified as Reem Ibrahim, a resident of Sajur.

The fire in the vehicle started apparently as a result of a bomb placed by it.

Reem Ibrahim. (courtesy)

Police said they were investigating the incident as a suspected murder, and were reportedly looking into a possible connection to another bomb that was set off near a local tennis center in the town on Wednesday.

Separately on Thursday morning, two young men were shot, one fatally, in East Jerusalem’s Shuafat Refugee Camp.

MDA said its medics received the two — both around 18 years old — at the camp’s checkpoint. One was found to be without vital signs and was taken by the Palestinian Red Crescent, while the second was taken by MDA medics to Jerusalem’s Hadassah Hospital Mount Scopus in serious, unstable condition.

The fatality was later identified as 18-year-old Muhammad al-Adawi.

Police were also investigating the East Jerusalem shooting.

Muhammad al-Adawi. (courtesy)

Sixty-nine Arab Israelis have been killed in apparent criminal homicides this year, according to the Abraham Initiatives nonprofit. Arab cities and towns have seen a surge in violence in recent years, with organized crime seen as the main driver. Another 13 Palestinians were killed inside Israeli territory.

The year 2020 saw 96 Arab Israelis killed in violence, by far the highest annual toll in recent memory.

Arab Israelis blame the police, which they say has failed to crack down on powerful criminal organizations and largely ignores the violence, which includes family feuds, mafia turf wars and violence against women. According to a 2020 Knesset report, some 400,000 illegal weapons are circulating in Israel, the vast majority in Arab communities.

In July, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said that violence and crime in Arab Israeli communities was a “national calamity,” as he met with senior government and police officials to formulate a national plan to tackle the issue.

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