One Killed, Six Wounded in Shooting in Israeli Bedouin City

The death toll from violence in Israel's Arab community stands at 60 since the beginning of 2022

Send in e-mailSend in e-mail
An MDA vehicle in Rahat, in April.
An MDA vehicle in Rahat, in April.Credit: Ilan Assyag

A man was shot to death and six others were wounded on Thursday in a shooting that followed a dispute between two families in the Bedouin city of Rahat in southern Israel.

Thirty-old physical education teacher Wisam Abu Ajami was shot to death, another 30-year-old man was severely wounded, a woman aged 40 and two men aged 67 and 20 were moderately wounded, and two others were lightly wounded.

"Great pain. I can't recognize that a man like him could be murdered," a friend of Abu Ajami told Haaretz, adding that his friend was not involved in criminal activity. "He loved helping people and lived a sporty life."

This comes amid a feud between the Algha'ar and Abu Ajami families. Abu Ajami's sister was supposed to get married on Friday.

Last week, a 40-year-old man was shot dead in his car in the Arab city of Tira in central Israel. His son, aged 5 was seriously wounded, and his 12-year-old nephew who was also with him is in a moderate condition.

On the same day, five men were moderately and lightly wounded when an armed man arrived at a mourners' gathering in the Arab city of Kafr Qasem and began shooting indiscriminately at those present, according to eyewitnesses.

The death toll from violence in the Arab community in Israel since the beginning of 2022 stands at 60. Earlier in July, a 60-year-old man was shot dead in the mixed Arab-Jewish city of Lod, in front of his wife and son.

Click the alert icon to follow topics:

Comments

SUBSCRIBERS JOIN THE CONVERSATION FASTER

Automatic approval of subscriber comments.
From $1 for the first month

SUBSCRIBE
Already signed up? LOG IN

ICYMI

בנימין נתניהו השקת ספר

Netanyahu’s Israel Is About to Slam the Door on the Diaspora

עדי שטרן

Head of Israel’s Top Art Academy Leads a Quiet Revolution

Charles Lindbergh addressing an America First Committee rally on October 3, 1941.

Ken Burns’ Brilliant ‘The U.S. and the Holocaust’ Has Only One Problem

Skyscrapers in Ramat Gan and Tel Aviv.

Israel May Have Caught the Worst American Disease, New Research Shows

ג'אמיל דקוור

Why the Head of ACLU’s Human Rights Program Has Regrets About Emigrating From Israel

ISRAEL-VOTE

Netanyahu’s Election Win Dealt a Grievous Blow to Judaism