Israeli Man Stabbed to Death, Marking Fifth Violence Victim in Arab Community This Month

A 16-year-old has been arrested in the murder of Mohammed Khamis Amash, a husband and father of five with no criminal record

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The scene of the stabbing in Jisr al-Zarqa, on Saturday night.
The scene of the stabbing in Jisr al-Zarqa, on Saturday night.Credit: Israel Police

A man was stabbed to death in northern Israel Saturday night, marking the fifth violence fatality in the country's Arab community this month.

Mohammed Khamis Amash, 34, a husband and father of five with no criminal background, was found outside his apartment in the town of Jisr al-Zarqa in critical condition. He was later pronounced dead at Hillel Yaffeh Medical Center in Hadera.

Mohammed Khamis Amash, the fifth murder victim in the Arab community since the year began.

A 16-year-old boy, also from Jisr al-Zarqa, was arrested on Sunday morning on suspicion of murdering Amash. A hearing to extend his detention will be held at a Hadera courthouse.

About two weeks ago, 3-year-old Ammar Hujayrat was killed by a stray bullet at a playground in Bir al-Maksur, a Bedouin town near Nazareth. Police suspect that the gunfire that was aimed at a nearby construction site over a dispute with the contractor. Hours later, police arrested four Bir al-Maksur residents on suspicion of involvement in the shooting.

The same day, a 42-year-old man was shot dead in Lod. The family of the man, Hussein Issawi, is involved in a feud with another family in the central Israeli city.

In 2021, 126 Arabs were killed in violence and crime in Israel, according to data from the Abraham Initiatives, an NGO working toward social change and advancing the integration and equality of Arabs and Jews in Israel.

Out of those victims, 62 were under the age of 30 and 16 were women. In 105 of those cases, the murder was committed with a firearm. In addition, nine Arabs were killed by police or security guards in 2021.    

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