18-year-old Stabbed to Death, 43rd Victim of Violence This Year in Israel's Arab Community

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Khaled Nakhash (left) killed Friday in Nazareth, and Ahmad Issa (right) killed Saturday in Kafr Qasem.
Khaled Nakhash (left) killed Friday in Nazareth, and Ahmad Issa (right) killed Saturday in Kafr Qasem.

An 18-year-old was stabbed to death in a brawl Saturday in the village of Kafr Qasem, raising the death toll from the wave of crime related violence in Israel's Arab community to 43 since the beginning of the year. 

Police have arrested two residents of the village, both in their 20s, who are suspected of involvement in the murder.

Ahmad Issa was taken to the hospital in serious condition, where he succumbed to his wounds. Another 16-year-old was mildly wounded in the incident.

Since the beginning of 2021, the Abraham Initiatives NGO has reported 43 deaths due to acts of violence and crime in Israel's Arab community. Of those, 34 were Israeli citizens and nine East Jerusalem residents. Eight of them were women, and 27 of them were aged 30 or below. 

On Saturday, 19-year-old Khaled Nakhash was shot to death Friday night in Nazareth in northern Israel, and police said they have launched an investigation into the suspected murder.

On Wednesday, 28-year-old Maysar Othman was shot in the head in front of two of her children in an apartment in the northern city of Haifa.

On Sunday, Jameel Azbarga, a 35-year-old father of four from Lod, was shot and killed at a gas station while driving a garbage truck. Azbarga was a member of one of the city’s crime families.

Last week, a couple and their teenage daughter were shot dead in their car near the Arab town of Ailabun in northern Israel. Police suspect that the shooting was part of an inter-family conflict. 

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