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18 Cases, 22 Murdered: The Bloody August of Arab Society - Walla! news

2023-08-23T05:41:44.875Z

Highlights: More than 150 Arabs have been murdered since the beginning of the year, while in the same period last year the number did not exceed 80. The climax was last night, in the massacre in Abu Snan, in which four people were shot dead. The police commissioner arrived at the scene and made it clear that "the entire Israel Police" is invested in the issue. But it is as if it has lost control of the situation, writes Yossi Ben-Ghiat. On average, there have been about 20 murders each month, with the peak coming in August.


More than 150 Arabs have been murdered since the beginning of the year, while in the same period last year the number did not exceed 80. The climax was last night, in the massacre in Abu Snan, in which four people were shot dead. The police commissioner arrived at the scene and made it clear that "the entire Israel Police" is invested in the issue, but it is as if it has lost control of the situation


Four unconscious people in a shooting incident in the Western Galilee (Walla system!)

This year, Arab society is bleeding especially – violence is rising, illegal weapons are sweeping the streets, and almost every day you hear about another murder, another murder and another – and the number of murdered has already exceeded 150. On average, there have been about 20 murders each month since the beginning of the year, with the peak coming in August with 18 cases in which 22 people were murdered, including the most recent Abu Snan massacre.

Police Commissioner Kobi Shabtai arrived at the scene in the north where the four men were murdered Tuesday night and claimed that "the entire Israel Police is invested in activity in the Arab sector, within the communities with all the forces and units." Not only that, Shabtai also said that the police know of 140 active conflicts of criminal organizations, and even thwarted more than 50 assassination attempts. But this begs the question: if this is so, why does the situation look as if she has lost control?

Bleeding August (Photo: Image processing, Walla system!)

August 1 - Kafr Qara

The first murder of the bloodiest month occurred on August 1, when an 18-year-old man, Laith Arbid, was shot dead in the village of Qara. He was the 140th murder of the year, with only 66 people murdered in the same period last year. Two other youths, aged 24 and 26, were injured in the incident.

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August 3 - Nahf

The next case occurred just two days later, on August 3 in Nahf in the north. Filastin Matar, 46, was shot and killed while in his car. MDA medics and paramedics who arrived at the scene gave him medical treatment, but he was pronounced dead on the way to the hospital. The background to the incident is apparently a conflict between criminals, since the murdered man was known to the police.

Palestine Matar (Photo: documentation on social networks according to section 27A of the Copyright Law)

August 5 - Shuafat

The next murder also took place just two days away from the last. During a fight, a 22-year-old man was murdered in the area of Shuafat Refugee Camp. He was brought to a meeting point with a medical team, who were forced to pronounce him dead at the scene. In addition, three seriously injured people were evacuated – a 14-year-old boy, a 20-year-old man and a 30-year-old man.

August 6 - Mukaibele

A day later, 76-year-old Abdullah Saadi was found dead in Mukaybala in Gilboa, handcuffed. It is suspected that this was a robbery that went awry. Saadi was soon to marry a young woman again, and the village thinks that the robbers may have thought he had a lot of gold in his possession intended for the bride's family.

Abdullah Saadi (Photo: documentation on social networks according to section 27A of the Copyright Law)

August 8 - Shfar'am

Former soccer player Iham Abu Saleh, 19, from Shfar'am, was shot dead in the city. Abu Saleh, who until two years ago played for the United Bnei Shfar'am football club, was recently arrested in Dubai on suspicion of involvement in an assassination attempt by another Israeli over the conflict between the Khalidi and Su'ad crime families.

August 9 - Rahat

On August 9, two young men, Ibrahim Nidal Sheikh al-Eid and Sharif Anis Sheikh al-Eid, in their 20s, were shot dead in Rahat while riding in a car on Route 40. They were taken to Soroka Hospital in critical condition, where they were pronounced dead. The background to the incident is apparently a criminal dispute between the Rahat families, which is believed to be blood revenge for a murder that occurred in the city about two months earlier.

Iham Abu Saleh (Photo: documentation on social networks according to section 27A of the Copyright Law)

August 15 - Nahf and Nof HaGalil

After a few days of "pause," two people were murdered. A 52-year-old resident of Nahf was shot and killed. The police were called to the scene and when the investigation was opened on suspicion that it was a criminal dispute. Later, a 43-year-old resident of Nof Hagalil was found dead on the street, and a suspect was arrested.

August 16 - Jisr al-Zarqa

A day later, 50-year-old Dib Jurban was shot dead in Jisr al-Zarqa. "We saw the man lying unconscious with no pulse and no breath," MDA paramedic Yosef Naharin said at the time. "We carried out medical tests but his injury was critical and we had to pronounce him dead."

Dib Jorban (Photo: documentation on social networks according to section 27A of the Copyright Law)

August 18 - Starling and Kafr Qara

Again a two-day difference between the cases, this time claiming two victims. Rami 'Asali, 38, was shot and killed in the village of Qara. An MDA team called to the scene gave him medical treatment, but in the end he was pronounced dead. A few hours later, Raed Grifat, 23, was shot dead in the community of Zarzir in the Jezreel Valley.

August 19 - Kafr Dahmash and Tuba Zangaria

The following day, he claimed two victims again - a 30-year-old man was shot dead in the village of Dahmash, near Lod. He was independently evacuated to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. A 22-year-old man was later shot dead in Tuba Zangaria in the Galilee. MDA medics and paramedics performed medical examinations on him and were forced to pronounce him dead at the scene.

August 21 - Tayibe and Reina

Again two days, again two victims. Taybeh Municipality Director General Abd al-Rahman Kashua was shot dead near his city's police station. At the same time, a 35-year-old man was shot dead in a violent incident in Reina. The background to both incidents is criminal, and the police have opened an investigation into them.

August 22 - Abu Snan

Four men were shot dead in Abu Snan in the Western Galilee. The four were found in a makeshift structure in an agricultural grove in the village, shot in the head and unconscious. One of those killed was 53-year-old Razi Saab, who is running for mayor of the local council in the upcoming elections. However, the police clarified that there was no connection between the case and his coping. Alongside him, Saab's cousins Zohar al-Din Saab, 45, and Amir Saab, 28, were murdered. The fourth victim was Salman Halabi, 66, from the village of Yarka.

August 23 - Lakiya

Hours after the bodies were found in Abu Snan in the north, a man was brought to a town police station in the south with stab wounds by his father. He was evacuated to Soroka Medical Center in Beer Sheva, where he was pronounced dead. The police opened an investigation and found the scene where the incident apparently took place.

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