Man Shot Dead in North as Israel's Arab Community Claims 94th Victim This Year

PM Bennett will head a special ministerial team to curb violence and crime in Israel's Arab community

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A man was shot dead Monday night in the village of Jadeida-Makar in the Western Galilee as crime-related violence brings the number of victims in in Israel's Arab community to 94.  

Eiad Dubdub, 32, and another young man who was seriously injured in the incident are known to the police.

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett will head a ministerial team designated to battle violence in the country's Arab community. The team is slated to convene for the first time next week.

A senior political source said Monday that "Israeli Arabs are the ones begging to involve the Shin Bet security service" to curb the raging violence. "We'll do it correctly and systematically," the source added.

On Saturday, Somaya al-Talalka, a 42-year-old resident of Lakiya, was shot dead. Five other shooting incidents, involving fatalities, occurred across the country over the weekend. Ahmad al-Jarjawi from Misgav Shalom was shot dead in Be'er Sheva. In Nazareth, Naim Suri, 55, was shot dead last Friday, four months after he was released from prison.

Police opened an investigation into a shooting incident in Umm al-Fahm, an Arab city in the triangle region of Israel. Shots were fired at a group of people in a vehicle, in which a 6-year-old was seriously injured. He was accompanied by his 26-year-old uncle, who was moderately injured, and his wife, 19, was mildly injured. 

On Friday, a security guard was shot in Kafr Qasem and seriously injured, in circumstances estimated to involve crime. A 30-year-old Bedouin man, was moderately injured by gunfire in South Tel Aviv on Saturday. On Thursday night, Haifa resident Hussam Othman, 24, was shot dead while sitting in his car in the city. 

Since the beginning of the year, 94 people in the Arab community have been murdered in violent circumstances, constituting 71 percent of all those killed in Israel this year, according to the Abraham Initiatives NGO. 

Firearms accounted for about 80 percent of homicides in the Arab community this year. Over the past month, 16 people were murdered in the Arab community, a figure similar to August and January, which were considered peak months in terms of murder incidents in Arab society.

Despite the high numbers, the police have  only solved 21 percent of homicides in the Arab community to have taken place since the beginning of the year, compared to over 50 percent in the Jewish sector.

Jonathan Lis contributed to this report.

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