Fatal Shootings Surge: North & East Jerusalem

A young man and a young woman killed in Jisr az-Zarqa; a man shot while trying to break up a brawl in Shuafat; 129 homicides in the Arab community this year.

A 19-year-old man and a 20-year-old woman were shot and killed in the Arab town of Jisr az-Zarqa, on Israel’s coast, overnight from Friday to Saturday.

First responders transported the two victims, cousins named Muhammad and Rasha Amash, to Hadera Hospital, where they were pronounced dead.

Police have opened an investigation and are working to locate the suspects who fled the scene after the shooting.

On Friday evening, a man was also reportedly shot and killed while trying to break up a brawl in East Jerusalem.

The 40-year-old was identified in Israeli media as Ziad Fahmi Taha, from the Shuafat refugee camp in East Jerusalem.

He was shot, apparently by mistake, as he tried to separate fighters in a street brawl, the Ynet news site reported.

This violence is part of a relentless wave of violent crimes in Arab communities.

On Thursday, two men were shot in Kafr Bara, northern Israel, and another was stabbed to death in another incident in Ashdod.

According to The Abraham Initiatives, a nonprofit that tracks violent crime in the Arab community, the killing brought to 129 the number of Arab community members who have died in violent crimes since the start of the year. By 2022, a total of 116 Israeli Arabs had been murdered.

Many community leaders criticize the police, according to them powerless to repress criminal organizations and often blind to violence, whether domestic, mafia or gender. Communities have also suffered from years of neglect by authorities and discrimination by government offices.

Last week, far-right National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir called for the cancellation of an Arab community economic development plan.

“It is unthinkable that the right-wing government will continue to enforce the coalition agreements that the previous government had reached with the Muslim Brotherhood and their representatives instead of changing, correcting those agreements that granted unprecedented funding and powers to anti-Zionist elements,” Ben Gvir, whose ministry oversees policing, wrote in an official missive, demanding that the cabinet revoke the plan.

The program had been endorsed by the previous government, which was made up of the moderate Islamist Raam party, left-wing, centrist and right-wing parties that united to oppose Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

This article is originally published on fr.timesofisrael.com

Previous post Rome’s Mediterranean Migration Conference
Next post Marcel Langer: Resistant Hero’s Unforgettable Stand