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MK Ayman Odeh

Joint Arab List leader Ayman Odeh called for an end to the “crime epidemic in Arab society” in a statement Saturday on the Twitter social networking site after four people were murdered within a 24 hour period this weekend.

“The elections are over but the crime epidemic in Arab society continues,” Odeh wrote. “Four are murdered in a day. This is the first issue we will address. We have no choice but to bring security back to the streets and live in a society without weapons.”


Two people were shot and killed during a wedding early Saturday morning in northern Israel, in the Bedouin town of Basmat Tab’un. Just hours earlier, an Imam was murdered in his car in a different town, and another man was shot to death in a third village.

Guns are traditionally fired into the air at Bedouin weddings and often at other Arab weddings as well, as a form of celebration following the ceremony.

There has long been a problem with illegal firearms in Arab towns and villages, particularly when a blood feud or honor killing is involved.

Since the beginning of this calendar year, 59 Israeli Arabs have been murdered, including 10 women. A year earlier, in 2018, a total of 76 Israeli Arabs were murdered, including 14 women.


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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.