Arab sector violence: Arab-Israeli shot dead in Nahariya

A 38-year-old Israeli man from the Arab town of Bi'ina became this year's 106th victim of crime and violence in the Arab sector.

 A police car is seen at the scene of the crime in Nahariya (photo credit: ISRAEL POLICE)
A police car is seen at the scene of the crime in Nahariya
(photo credit: ISRAEL POLICE)

Mohamed Hasarma, a 38-year-old Arab-Israeli from the Arab town of Bi’ina, was shot dead on Friday night in Nahariya.

Magen David Adom (MDA) paramedics arrived at the scene to find Hasarma lifeless in his car with gunshot wounds.

Nahariya residents in the area said they heard machine-gun fire, according to Ynet.

The Bi’ina resident is the 106th victim of crime and violence in the Arab sector in 2021, according to the Abraham Initiatives, an NGO dedicated to promoting equal rights and citizenship for Israel’s Jewish and Arab residents.

Israel Police have opened an investigation into the apparent murder. Early reports suggest that it was the result of a family dispute.

Convoy of Arab-Israelis protesting uptick in violence in Arab sector (credit: JOINT LIST)Convoy of Arab-Israelis protesting uptick in violence in Arab sector (credit: JOINT LIST)

Last month, another member of the Hasarma family, 44-year-old Salim, was shot dead near Akko while attempting to escape from two men chasing him by car.

Later in the month, the national five-year plan to fight crime and violence in Arab-Israeli society was approved by the government, with NIS 2.5 billion set aside for the plan.