Israeli Bedouin Woman, 22, Murdered in South

Afaf al-Gargawi suffered multiple bullet wounds to her torso; police investigating

The police are investigating the murder of Afaf al-Gargawi, a 22-year-old Israeli Bedouin woman who was shot in the Negev desert in southern Israel early Tuesday morning.

Al-Gargawi received first aid for the multiple bullet wounds to her torso at 4:30 A.M. from ambulance paramedics but was subsequently pronounced dead at the Soroka Medical Center in Be'er Sheva.

In the event medical help is needed, the practice among the Bedouin living in the Negev is to call the Magen David Adom ambulance service, and, if possible, to meet the ambulance by car. According to the paramedics, a car pulled up by the side of the road carrying al-Gargawi, who was lying on the back seat, not breathing and with no pulse. The paramedics tried to resuscitate her on route to the hospital but failed.

The Israel Police commented that its officers had discovered the victim when she was still alive.

"The passengers in the vehicle were detained for investigation," the police stated, adding that she was "not known to the police from previous cases of family violence."

Last month, another Bedouin woman in the Negev, Nura Abu Sulb, mother of seven children, was shot to death at the entrance to her home. The police say several men objected to her manner of life, and in recent years her estranged husband had been beating her. The husband is in jail for aggravated assault and there are no suspects at this time.

"The murderers have become cleverer than the police, who aren't partiularly motivated and whose investigations are inefficient," Insaf Abu Sharab, a social activist fighting femicide in Bedouin society, told Haaretz. "The police haven't yet managed to get their hands on the killers of Nura Abu Sulb. They don't catch the murderers, which gives the next murderer a green light. The blood of these women is on the police's hands."