Convicted Arab-Israeli criminal assassinated in Jaffa

38-year-old Abed Kazaz was gunned down by masked assailants in broad daylight.

A general view shows Jaffa Port as well as Tel Aviv's skyline of high-rise buildings in the background, in Jaffa, Israel June 16, 2019 (photo credit: AMIR COHEN/REUTERS)
A general view shows Jaffa Port as well as Tel Aviv's skyline of high-rise buildings in the background, in Jaffa, Israel June 16, 2019
(photo credit: AMIR COHEN/REUTERS)

A 38-year-old Arab-Israeli citizen died after being shot in broad daylight near the Jaffa port on Saturday.

Magen David Adom (MDA) paramedics said they found the man, who has been identified as Abed Kazaz, unconscious in the water near the pier with gunshot wounds.

According to local media, Kazaz was a convicted criminal known to police. He was released from prison two years ago, after serving five and a half years for running over a police officer. 

Kazaz reportedly became one of Jaffa’s most wanted criminals after the murder of Izzat Hamed in July, who was closely acquainted with Kazaz, reports state.

Witnesses say Kazaz was chased and shot by masked assailants while driving his car. After he had been shot, Kazaz jumped off the pier into the water as a last resort.

Paramedics made unsuccessful resuscitation attempts, and he died as he was being rushed to Wolfson Medical Center in Holon.

 An ambulance is shown at the scene of a shooting in Jaffa on October 23, 2021 (credit: MAGEN DAVID ADOM) An ambulance is shown at the scene of a shooting in Jaffa on October 23, 2021 (credit: MAGEN DAVID ADOM)

Kazaz is the 104th victim of violence and crime in the Arab sector this year, according to the Abraham Initiatives, an NGO whose goal is to promote equal rights for Israel’s Jewish and Arab citizens.

According to Hebrew media, police are seeking a criminal well-known to them for involvement in the killing.