2023 victim 101: Qalansawe man shot dead, capping devastating week in Arab community

Law enforcement and medics said a 28-year-old man from the central Arab city of Kalansawe was shot and killed on Saturday evening.

He was the 101st member of the Arab community killed so far this year, nine dead in the past three days in an ever-increasing crime wave.

According to the police, a man named Vathek Kashkush was shot dead on a street in his hometown. He was taken in critical condition to Mir Medical Center in Kfar Saba, where medical officials declared him dead.

Magen David Adom paramedic said, “When we arrived at the scene, we saw a man in his 20s who was unconscious, without a pulse and not breathing, with very serious wounds on his body.”

Police said officers have launched a search for the attacker and are collecting evidence at the scene.

Police said the background of the murder could not be immediately ascertained.

Police at the scene of a deadly shootout in the central Arab city of Qalansaway on June 10, 2023. (courtesy)

The death came hours after a 21-year-old resident of a Bedouin community in the Negev desert stabbed to death During scuffles with foreign workers near the southern city of Ofakim. Police said it appeared the victim was part of a group that was attempting to steal farm equipment.

on Friday, a 18 year old female was shot in northern Israel; and on Thursday five people killed One of the worst single acts of criminal violence in recent years, in the northern Arab city of Yafa-an-Nasriye.

Also on Thursday, a man in his 30s was shot dead in a drive-by shooting near the central city of Kafr Qasim, while another man was slightly injured. The car crashed after being shot, in which a 46-year-old woman was also injured.

A three-year-old girl and her father were seriously injured in a shooting on Thursday in Kafr Kanna, near Nazareth.

thousands of arab israeli protested on friday Demanded action against the killings and from the authorities.

Demonstrators carry banners with pictures of five Arab Israelis who were shot dead a day earlier as they protested their killing in the village of Yaffa, west of Nazareth, on June 9, 2023. (Ahmed Gharabali/AFP)

At least 101 Arabs have been killed in violent circumstances since the beginning of the year, a huge jump from the 35 killings at this point in 2022, according to Abraham Initiatives, an anti-violence monitoring group.

Critics and protesters have pointed the finger at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whose government was sworn in on December 29, 2022, as well as National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir, who was met by half a dozen former police chiefs abandon As on Friday the massive bloodshed continues.

Earlier this week, Netanyahu announced a decision form a steering committee Following a meeting with Arab parliamentarians to discuss “solutions to the wave of murders in Arab societies”.

He called for immediate action to tackle the crime wave.

On Thursday, Netanyahu said he was “determined to stop this series of murders” and would see that happen not only by strengthening the police but also “with the help of the Shin Bet”.

Police, politicians and community leaders have struggled for years to rein in the criminal activity fueling the rising violence, which has risen sharply in recent months.

Many Arab community leaders blame authorities and police for the crime wave, who they say have failed to crack down on powerful criminal organizations and largely ignore violence, including family feuds, mafia turf wars. and violence against women. The communities have also suffered years of neglect by the state authorities.

Deputy Commissioner Natan Bojna, head of a police unit fighting crime in the Arab community, resigned on Tuesday.

Experts say powerful Arab gangs have amassed vast amounts of illegal arms over the past two decades and are involved in drugs, arms and human trafficking, prostitution, extortion and money laundering.

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