The shooting of a resident of Arraba on Wednesday was captured by security cameras

'Police must do something before we are all dead'

In just one day, the Arab sector suffered an assassination attempt caught on CCTV, the shooting of a local official, a brawl that ended in a stabbing and gunfire at a residential home; Ra'am made tackling this violence a priority when joining new coalition, but community is cautious on its success

Hassan Shaalan |
Published: 06.18.21, 19:22
A security camera on a city street in Arraba, an Arab town in northern Israel, captured two masked men shooting another man as he stepped outside of his car on Wednesday.
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  • The video showed two men driving up to the victim, one of them firing a shot at him from close range.
    As the man tried to escape, one of the masked men chased him down the street and fired a second shot. The man fell to the ground, suffering moderate injuries.
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    The shooting of a resident of Arraba on Wednesday was captured by security cameras
    Meanwhile in Nazareth, an official in the local municipality was shot in his lower body and taken to a local hospital with moderate wounds.
    Police have launched an investigation into whether the incident was connected to the victim's profession. The shooters remain at large.
    Man suffers moderate wounds after being gunned down in Arraba on Wednesday
    Still on Wednesday, a 22-year-old man was shot in the Bedouin town of Tel Sheva, in the Negev Desert. He too was hospitalized with moderate wounds.
    That evening, a 30-year old man, a resident of Nazareth who was under house arrest in Haifa, was seriously hurt when unknown assailants fired shots into the front yard of the home where was staying.
    Later still that night, three residents of the nearby Arab village of Beit Jann were taken to the Galilee Medical Center in Nahariya, suffering from stab wounds believed to be the result of a brawl.
    And in the predominantly Bedouin city of Rahat, two men were shot and wounded Wednesday, one seriously, and taken to hospital in Be'er Sheva.
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    Security forces at the scene of a shooting in Rahat that left two men wounded, one seriously
    This shocking amount of violence, all on one single, random day of the week, is what Arab citizens of Israel have been contending with in recent years.
    When the Islamist Ra'am party joined the coalition, it said its priority was the establishment and implementation of a government plan to deal with the violent crime in Arab communities.
    Some residents of the communities where the violent attacks took place told Ynet that they were waiting to see whether the new government could make a difference.
    "We want to see if it is able to eliminate the crime," they said.
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    Members of Israel's Arab sector protesting against the violent crime in their communities
    But a resident of the Bedouin city of Rahat in the south said she was not optimistic.
    "Personally, I am afraid to take my children to school or to the shops," she said.
    "The shooting takes place during the day as well as at night and there is no end. We are all in danger. I want the police to catch the criminals and punish them before they kill us too."
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