Hundreds Protest Violence Against Women in Israeli Arab Village After Murder

Marchers were joined by Joint Arab List lawmakers after 35-year-old Hiba Manaa was murdered in the village in broad daylight at the beginning of the week

Protesters wave black flags during the march against violence against women in Majd al-Krum, September 16, 2017.
Protesters wave black flags during the march against violence against women in Majd al-Krum, September 16, 2017.

Hundreds of people marched in protest of violence against women in the Israeli Arab village of Majd al-Krum in Israel's Galilee region on Saturday.

The march was the second to take place in the town after 35-year-old Hiba Manaa was murdered there in broad daylight at the beginning of the week. Manaa was shot on Sunday while on her way home from the children's daycare center where she had been working.

Manaa was living with her parents at the time, a mere 50 meters from her previous home, where she had been living until recently before divorcing her second husband.

Her relatives have reported that the attacker had waited in her car in an alleyway, only a few meters from her house before carrying out the killing

Her family and neighbors heard the gunfire but hid in their homes until they realized that it was Manaa that had been shot. According to them, the perpetrator got out of the car, shot Manaa in the head, only fleeing the scene after making sure that she was dead.

The marchers, mainly women, were joined by Knesset members from the Joint Arab List. Waving black flags, the marchers called out to residents: "Join us because Hiba's blood cries out from the ground, join us because we do not want another murder and more bloodshed!"

The march in Majd al-Krum on Saturday followed a similar march on Wednesday evening, when hundreds also gathered to protest what had happened.

Local anger has been palpable since the murder, and an emergency meeting has been held by the local authorities to discuss the matter.

Attorney Hussein Manaa said that the past months have seen an increase in shooting incidents and incidents of violence, without any steps having been taken by the police. "Hiba's murder is proof that it is all too easy to pull a trigger in the middle of the day on a main street," he said.

Hiba's relative, Aya, said that neither the family nor the local community were willing to accept what had happened. "The fear is that any woman in the town could find herself in the same position," she said.

Manaa grew up in the town, and studied at the local school. Her relatives explained that Manaa's marriage ended after a number of years after the couple were unable to conceive children.