Shots fired at Beduin's home

Man whose house was targeted had said that Beduin, not Jews, torched Tuba Zanghariya mosque.

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January 16, 2012 04:53
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Burned Tuba Zanghariya mosque

Burned Tuba Zanghariya mosque 311. (photo credit: Ben Hartman)

Several shots were fired at the home of a resident of a Beduin village in the North overnight Saturday, hours after he went on television to say he thought an attack on a local mosque was carried out by Arabs rather than Jews.

On Saturday evening, Channel 2 aired an interview with Bassam Sawid, a resident of Tuba Zanghariya and an IDF veteran who lost his leg while serving in the Second Lebanon War.

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Tuba Zanghariya’s central mosque was the target of an arson and graffiti attack on October 3, and the words “price tag” – associated with far-Right attackers – was written in charcoal on a mosque wall.

Although police believe far-Right activists are behind the vandalism, and have arrested three young men in recent months in connection with the attack, Sawid said villagers were more likely to be behind the attack and cast doubt on the idea that a Jew could enter the village and damage the mosque without being noticed.

Soon after the interview was aired, an unidentified man sprayed Sawid’s home with bullets from an automatic firearm.

“We’re looking into a vehicle that was seen in the area during the time of the attack,” a northern district police spokesman told The Jerusalem Post. Police have not arrested any suspects.

During testimony given to police, Sawid said he thought the shots were fired as a direct response to the interview he gave. Police have stepped up patrols around Sawid’s home.

In November, police arrested the mosque’s cleric on suspicion of incitement to violence.

The cleric, Fuad Zanghariya, was arrested over his alleged involvement in a shooting attack on the home of a former council head due to a feud. He denied the suspicions against him.


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