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Imam shot dead in Umm al-Fahm

Umm al-Fahm near the West Bank has a majority Arab Palestinian population [Getty]

Date of publication: 3 April, 2018

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An imam was shot dead at the entrance to a mosque in an Arab town after Tuesday morning prayers, Israeli press reported.
An imam was shot dead in the town of Umm al-Fahm near West Bank on Tuesday morning, The Jerusalem Post reported.

Sheikh Muhammad Saadah, 45, was killed at the entrance to the al-Tawhid mosque in the town in the Haifa district, west of the Palestinian West Bank, according to Israel's ambulance service.

The emergency service said it received a report of a wounded person at 5.11am. Paramedics arrived at the scene and declared the victim dead as a result of bullet wounds to his upper body.

In a statement, the Imam's Association in Umm al-Fahm called on the police to launch an investigation into the killing.

"The police, who do not spare the effort to register traffic reports, must fulfill their obligation to bring those responsible to justice and not to attach this file to the other cases in which the murderer was not located, which proves that the police do not take seriously the blood spilled in Arab society," it said.

"If people are shooting at mosques, we're all in danger," the family said, reported Arutz Sheva

The Arab Palestinian minority in Israel amounts to 20 percent of the country's population, yet citizens face institutional discrimination in health, education, politics and justice, according to Mossawa, an organisation that documents violations against Palestinian-Arab citizens of Israel.

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