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(photo credit: REUTERS/Amir Cohen)
A man from the Beduin town of Hura in the Negev was charged at the Beersheba
District Court on Monday with manslaughter caused during a feud between two
factions of the same family.
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The defendant denied the suspicions against
him during the police investigation leading to the indictment.
said the factions, both from the extended Alkayan family, are involved in a
protracted dispute that led to several fights and confrontations in the desert
community of 8,000 residents.
Last August, the defendant, named as Fahid
Alkayan, allegedly traveled in a vehicle in the town with other relatives and
came to a stop at an improvised roadblock manned by members of the rival
The defendant allegedly exited the vehicle to confront them. One
man, Khaled Alkayan, who belonged to the rival family, and lived nearby, arrived
on the scene to “separate the warring factions,” southern state prosecutors said
in the indictment.
“The defendant shouted at him and threw a big rock at
his face, causing an injury,” the indictment added.
The victim, who
suffered from chronic heart and kidney disease, was rushed to the Soroka
University Medical Center in Beersheba.
Doctors fought to save Khaled’s
life, but he died of his injuries in October.
Police from the Ayarot
station gathered evidence they say led to the suspected rock thrower, as well as
two other alleged participants in the incident.
The suspect denied
throwing the rock during police questioning.
“The dispute between these
two sides remains unresolved, meaning that we have to maintain an increased
police presence here,” a southern police district source told The Jerusalem
Post. “We believe the two sides will come to an understanding at some
The southern police district has a number of Arab affairs
officers – fluent Arabic speakers tasked with bringing Beduin communities closer
to police, and preventing feuds from erupting into violence, which can also take
the form of armed clashes.
The position of Arab affair officer was
created by Israel Police in 1994.
The officers maintain daily contact
with Beduin leaders, including heads of tribes, sheikhs and council heads.