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Violence in Arab Community in Israel on the Rise

Violence in Arab Community in Israel on the Rise

Sunday, 26 September, 2021 - 07:45
Violence in the Arab community in Israel is on the rise this year. (AFP)

Murders committed in the Arab community in Israel have noticeably increased in recent days.

On Saturday, 30-year-old Ahmed al-Jarjawi from the Bedouin town of Segev Shalom became another victim of the wave of violence, after he succumbed to a gunshot wound he sustained in the city of Be’er Sheva on Friday.

On Friday, police began to investigate a shooting incident in Umm al-Fahm. Shots were fired at a vehicle, seriously injuring a 6-year-old.

He was accompanied by his 26-year-old uncle, who was moderately injured, and his aunt, 19, was mildly injured.

On Friday, a 55-year-old man was shot dead in Nazareth. The man recently finished his sentence for murder among other offenses. He was released from prison a few months ago.

The consecutive crimes in the past two days have shed light on the level of violence in the Arab community in Israel.

These recent murders brought the total of victims to 93, including 12 women.

Protests in the form of marches, demonstrations, and social media initiatives have arisen to stop the violence within Arab-Israeli society and urge the authorities and police to dedicate more resources to that end.

In this regard, the hashtag “Arab Lives Matter” swept Twitter and Facebook.

Israeli Minister of Internal Security Omar Bar-Lev described earlier the murder in the Arab community as one of the biggest threats facing the police, adding that dealing with this issue requires time.

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