Israeli Imam Shot at Mosque in North, Assailants Flee

Sheikh Bilal Abed al-Qader, who was badly wounded, has fallen victim to a family feud, police say

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An imam was shot and seriously wounded as he was leaving a mosque in northern Israel on Friday, with police sources saying he was targeted in a dispute between two families but was not involved in the conflict.

Sheikh Bilal Abed al-Qader was shot at least five times in the village of Kafr Yasif in the Galilee, the sources say. Videos circulating on social media show two people wearing helmets on motorcycles outside the mosque, waiting for the imam to finish leading prayers. The gunmen fled.

“We finished our Friday prayers and left the mosque as usual. A few minutes later we heard the sound of gunfire near the mosque, but we didn't think it came from there. We were surprised to learn that it was the imam who had been shot,” an eyewitness told Haaretz.

“The criminals crossed every red line; they have no boundaries. To shoot an imam in front of a mosque, a sacred place, is inconceivable."

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