Boy and his uncle killed in double murder in Israeli-Arab town

Violent crime wave in Umm el-Fahm continues, with double murder suspected, two weeks after imam shot to death in front of his mosque.

David Rosenberg,

Umm el-Fahm
Umm el-Fahm
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A 49-year-old man and his 13-year-old nephew were shot to death in the Israeli-Arab city of Umm el-Fahm late Tuesday night during a wedding rehearsal dinner in what police believe to be a case of double murder resulting from a feud between two families.

MDA emergency first responders were called to the scene Tuesday night, and attempted to resuscitate the two shooting victims before evacuating them to HaEmek Medical Center in the northern town of Afula. Both victims were declared dead en route to the hospital.

Three other people were also wounded in the shooting, and were evacuated to the hospital for treatment.

The killings are just the latest incident in a violent crime wave in Umm el-Fahm.

Two weeks ago, Sheikh Muhammad Saadah, the 45-year-old imam of a local mosque, was gunned down at the entrance to the mosque shortly after morning prayers.

“If people are shooting at mosques, we’re all in danger,” Saadah’s family said.

The city council and a committee of local parents planned to shutter schools and hold a general strike on Thursday, in protest of the killings and what some locals described as police inaction in the face of the ongoing violent crime wave.

Dozens of Umm el-Fahm residents protested outside of a local police station, demanding law enforcement officials crack down on gun violence in the city.

“The statistics which I received from the Internal Security Ministry reveal that out of 520 investigations opened over the past three years into incidents involving gunfire in Umm el-Fahm, just six resulted in indictments,” said Joint List MK Yousef Jabareen, Channel 10 reported.

“That reveals a dangerous failure by law enforcement authorities to handle the violent crime wave in the city of Umm el-Fahm. Criminals feel like they can act with a free hand, that there is no law and no consequences, so long as their victims are from the Arab community.”

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