Arab Israeli Woman Killed by Stray Bullet Fired in Family Altercation

Police arrest three after Sharifa Abu Muammar, a 30-year-old schoolteacher and mother of three, was killed in her home

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Illustration: An ambulance in Jerusalem in 2016.
Illustration: An ambulance in Jerusalem in 2016.Credit: Olivier Fitoussi
Jack Khoury
Josh Breiner

A schoolteacher was shot and killed Monday night in the central city of Ramle, by what seems to be a stray bullet shot during an altercation between families.  

Sharifa Abu Muammar
Sharifa Abu Muammar

Sharifa Abu Muammar, 30, was killed in her home. According to a police source, the stray bullet was apparently fired far away from her house.

Police arrested three suspects in the shooting on Tuesday, all of whom are in their 20's and are residents of Ramle and the neighboring city of Lod. They will be brought before the Rishon Letzion Magistrate's Court on Tuesday to extend their detention.

A police investigation indicates that shortly before the shooting, an altercation broke out in the neighborhood between two young people from rival families, the al-Omri family and the Alshamali family.

According to police, warning shots were fired during the quarrel, from a distance of about 100 meters from a residential complex tied to the al-Omri family. They believe one of the bullets fired may have fatally wounded Abu Muammar in the neck.

The three suspects are linked to the Alshamali family, who are known to the police for their involvement in weapon-related offenses in Ramle.

Police were notified of the incident at around 10 P.M. on Monday. Magen David Adom rescue services and police forces arrived at the scene and began trying to resuscitate Abu Muammar. She was taken to the Shamir Medical Center near Tel Aviv, where she was pronounced dead. 

Abu Muammar was a mother of three, the eldest of which is four years old and the youngest six months old. Acquaintances said she taught at Dror High School, attended by students who dropped out of other institutions. They recalled that a student who was studying at the school was murdered a year ago, and how Abu Muammar accompanied fellow students during the crisis.

Samah Salaime, director of the Naam Association and a feminist activist, said that Abu Muammar was excited about meeting with her students on the first day of school on September 1. "On the first day of school, we lost a mother and an educator due to lawlessness and loss of control over crime and weapons in Arab society," she said. Abu Muammar is the 56th person killed in violent incidents in the Israeli Arab community since the beginning of the year.

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