The principal of an elementary school in the Beduin village of Kuseifa was in critical condition yesterday after he was gunned down near the local council building in the village, Negev police said.
The principal was on his way to school Thursday morning when shots were fired into his vehicle by unknown assailants, who fled the scene.
Negev police said Thursday it does not appear that the shooting is linked to the principal’s job, but rather to a feud that predated his current profession. Nonetheless, Negev Subdistrict Commander Amnon Alkalai said police view the incident as “very severe” and said it emphasizes the need to ramp up efforts to clear the Arab sector of illegal firearms.
The incident is the second in less than a year in which a principal from a school in the Arab sector has been shot.
In August of last year, a man walked into the office of principal Yussuf Haj Yihye at the Amal High School in Taibe and shot him dead while he held a morning meeting with faculty.
About two months later police arrested the suspected shooter, 46-year-old Wahel Kayk of Taibe, who they said was incensed about a plan by Haj Yihye to bring in outside food vendors to school, which he believed would hurt the food counter that he ran next to the school.