School Principal Injured in Shooting in Israeli Arab Town

This comes a day after a woman was stabbed to death in Israel's north, bringing the death toll from violence in the country's Arab community to 111

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Araba, northern Israel.
Araba, northern Israel.Credit: Dan Perez
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A school principal was shot and moderately wounded near her workplace in northern Israel on Monday, as violence rages in the country's Arab community. 

The woman, in her 40s, was rushed from the school in the Arab town of Araba to Poriya Hospital in Tiberias.

The headteacher in hospital, today.Credit: The Education Ministry's Northern District Office

Police arrived at the scene and have opened an investigation into the incident.

It is believed that the shooting is connected to a personal conflict, as opposed to the woman's role as school principal, according to her son. He added that his mother had been threatened in the past by unknown sources, and that she did not think that these threats would result in such an incident.

The Ministry of Education condemned the incident, saying it "crosses every red line by undermining and endangering the most important place for students, the school." 

Later on Monday, the Education Ministry decided the school will reopen on Tuesday, despite the fact that both the teachers' union and parents' committee oppose the move.

This comes after a 55-year-old woman was stabbed to death on Sunday, bringing the death toll from violence in Israel's Arab community to 111. 

According to Magen David Adom emergency service, paramedics arrived to the home of Ayesha Abadi in the Arab town of Jadeidi-Makr and found her in critical condition with stabbing wounds, she was later pronounced dead.

According to the Abraham Initiatives NGO, 14 women were murdered in the Arab community this year alone. Since the beginning of the year 111 Arabs were killed in Israel, 53 of them were under the age of 30.

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