A 38-year-old woman was shot dead on Monday in the central Israeli Arab city of Tira, amid an uptick in fatal victims of gun violence in the Arab community and growing criticism of the police's response to it.
According to a preliminary police investigation, the shooter entered Suha Mansour's beauty salon and shot her five times at point-blank range. This incident happened a month after her car has been set on fire, which police suspects was meant as a threat.
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“What is killing us isn’t COVID, [but] the violence in our community,” a local resident said. “Police only show up, put up red [crime scene] tape, cordon off the area, and that’s that,” he added.
In the past, Mansour’s husband was convicted for assaulting her and served prison time for it, but he isn’t the main suspect, a police source said.
Tira resident Ahmed Haskia called it “a plague,” saying: "There’s police presence in the city, it’s blessed and we accept them with love, but they’re not doing their job. How come they can get to a nuclear scientist thousands of kilometers away, but can’t find the murderer?"
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According to Arab-Jewish NGO Abraham Initiatives, 32 people in the Arab community were murdered this year alone. Twenty of them were below 30 years old. The vast majority of them – 27 victims – died by gunfire.
The Feminist organization, Kayan, has found that 65 Israeli Arab women were murdered between 2015 and 2020. While Israeli Arabs constitute only 20 percent out of the general population, Kayan’s numbers reflect that 43 percent of the total number of muders of women in Israel is of Arab women.