Father shot dead while feeding daughter in northern Arab town

A 28-year-old man was shot dead in his car while feeding his daughter, the second killing in a northern town Friday as a result of gun violence.

Medics arrived in Ba’ana to find Ali Hasarma bleeding out in his vehicle. They rushed him to the Galilee Medical Center in nearby Nahariya but were forced to declare him dead before they arrived.

A police source told Channel 12 that the background of the incident was a dispute between rival families in the north.

“What is happening in the village is a street war. No one has control here, and the police don’t even enter the village,” a Ba’ana resident told the network.

Hasarma’s was the 49th Arab or Druze homicide victim since the start of 2022, according to the Abraham Initiatives organization. This year’s tally is threatening to match or outpace 2021’s record bloodshed.

Shortly after Hasarma was killed, another man was rushed to the same Nahariya hospital in serious condition due to a gunshot wound.

Bassam Kablan, 40, who was shot to death at his building supply store in the Druze town of Beit Jann in northern Israel on July 1, 2022. (Courtesy)

Earlier Friday, the brother of a former mayor of a Druze town in the Galilee was shot to death.

Bassam Kablan was pronounced dead at the scene after being shot in the town of Beit Jann. Kablan’s brother, Bian Kablan, was formerly mayor of the Upper Galilee city.

Reports in Hebrew media indicated that Kablan was killed while working at his building supplies store in the city, when gunmen showed up and shot him and an employee.

Police said they opened an investigation into the killing.

The incident comes six years after another Kablan brother, Hussein, was also killed in a violent homicide.

The last several weeks have seen a surge of killings in  Arab communities, which have reeled under a wave of violence in recent years.

Many blame the police, who they say have failed to crack down on powerful criminal organizations and largely ignore the violence, which includes family feuds, mafia turf wars and violence against women. The communities have also suffered from years of neglect.

Criminal groups have been known to threaten or target local political leaders or their families to extort lucrative government contracts or other benefits. Police did not say if the killing was suspected of being linked to the mayor.

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