Father, Son Gunned Down in Israeli Arab Town, Suspect in Custody

Locals say fatal shooting involves family land dispute ■ Forty-four members of Israel’s Arab community have been murdered since the start of the year

Bar Peleg
Jack Khoury
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Police at the scene of a deadly shooting in Zemer on July 7, 2020.
Police at the scene of a deadly shooting in Zemer on July 7, 2020.Credit: Tomer Appelbaum
Bar Peleg
Jack Khoury

A father and son, aged 62 and 27, were shot to death on Tuesday in the central Israeli town of Zemer. The police arrested the father’s brother-in-law, who is suspected of being the shooter, and are investigating further.

Members of the community in the Arab town told Haaretz that the shooting had to do with a longtime family feud over land.

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Magen David Adom paramedic Farid Abu-Zakika said he was working in the town when he got a call about the shooting. When he arrived at the scene, he saw the younger man lying in the road, bleeding from bullet wounds and not breathing: “I immediately started working to stop the bleeding. People at the scene told me there was another wounded man of about 50 in a nearby house. The younger man was taken to the hospital in an intensive care ambulance. The other man was pronounced dead at the scene.”

Forty-four members of Israel’s Arab community have been murdered since the start of the year. On Thursday, Wafa Johar Masarwa’s husband allegedly killed her in front of their 5-year-old daughter in the city of Taibeh; nearly three weeks ago, Malek Abu al-Foul, 24, was shot to death while riding in a car in the town of Jatt. The police arrested a suspect in the shooting, a man in his 20s from the same town, and are investigating a possible connection with the murder of Abu al-Ful’s cousin a day earlier.

Police at the scene of a shooting in Zemer on July 7, 2020.
Police at the scene of a shooting in Zemer on July 7, 2020.Credit: Tomer Appelbaum

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