Mohammed Fayez, a 57-year-old Haifa resident, was shot dead on Tuesday in his home, in the third suspected murder in the northern city's Hadar neighborhood in the past two months alone.
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Police have launched an investigation, but no suspects have been identified yet. They are looking into a possible connection between the shooting and a car set ablaze near a cemetery in the same area.
The Higher Arab Monitoring Committee called for protests to be held on Thursday and Friday in front of police stations in Arab communities in response to growing violence. Another demonstration is set to be held in the city of Lod on Sunday, after the killing of a young man this weekend.
Fayez is the 78th murder victim in the Arab community this year, 11 of them women, according to the Abraham Initiatives advocacy group. On Friday and Saturday, three suspected murders were reported within 24 hours, in Tel Sheva, Lod and Kafr Qasem.
By this time last year, there were 55 murder cases in the Arab community, the highest figure reported until this year.
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Two weeks ago the police inaugurated a new department dedicated specifically to fighting crime in the Arab community, following growing criticism of the force's inability to stop the spike in gun violence and bring the perpetrators to justice.
The department's chief, Maj. Gen. Jamal Hakrush, recently told Haaretz that "the result is not good," but argued the department cannot be expected to produce immediate results. "We admit that we weren’t strong enough or big enough," he said. "But that’s after decades of neglect by all state agencies."