Bedouin Shot Dead in Israel's North Three Months After Brother Killed

38-year-old's killing comes after more than 90 homicides this year in the Israeli Arab community

Noa Shpigel
Noa Shpigel
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Basmat Tab'un following the shooting, Dec. 30, 2019.
Basmat Tab'un following the shooting on Dec. 30, 2019 in which Adam Sa'adiya was killed. Credit: Nathan Shachar / Magen David Adom
Noa Shpigel
Noa Shpigel

A 38-year-old man was shot to death in a Bedouin village in the north on Monday just three months after his brother was killed at a pre-wedding ceremony in the same village.

Another man, in his twenties, was moderately to seriously wounded in Monday’s shooting incident in Basmat Tab’un, between Haifa and Nazareth. He was admitted to Ramban Medical Center in Haifa.

No arrests have yet been made in the case. Monday’s killing comes after more than 90 such homicides happened in the Arab Israeli community this year

The homicide victim, Adam Sa’adiya, who was in his early forties, had been attacked in September in a shooting in which his 43-year-old brother Ibrahim and a 20-year-old woman, Bian Bushkar, were killed.

Adam Sa'adiya

Two brothers, Sif and Ibrahim Sa’adi, have been charged in their deaths. According to the indictment in that case, the incident began when Ibrahim Sa’adiya asked the Sa’adi brothers not to drink alcohol near his house, which is next door to the mosque where the henna ceremony, a traditional pre-wedding event, was being held.

Adam Sa’adiya, the man killed on Monday, tried to calm the Sa’adi brothers, but they responded by beating him and shooting at him, the indictment states, and later opened fire at the ceremony, killing Ibrahim Sa’adiya and Bushkar.