Israeli police kill Arab Palestinian man in Kafr Qassem after alleged car-ramming

AP , Ahram Online , Friday 23 Dec 2022

Israeli police shot dead a 22-year-old Palestinian man who allegedly rammed them with his car after trying to shoot an officer and wounding three policemen in central Israel on Friday, as claimed by Israeli authorities.

Naim Badir
22-year-old Kafr Qasem resident Naim Badir, was killed by Israeli occupation forces, on December 23, 2022.


The incident took place in the Arab Israeli town of kafr Qassem, the site of an infamous Zionist militias massacre in 1956, for what police suspected was a ``nationalistic'' militant attack.

The Arab Palestinian community in Israel is also struggling with surging violent crime that residents blame on decades of government neglect and treatment of Arab as second class citizens.

Israeli police identified the attacker as 22-year-old Naim Badir, a resident of Kafr Qassem and a member of Israel's Arab Palestinian minority who were not expelled by Zionist militias in the 1948 War.

Police said that the suspect first called officers to his house over an alleged violent incident.

When police arrived at the scene, they said they were greeted with a barrage of stones and alcohol bottles hurled from the house.

A man then rushed out of the apartment with a gun drawn, according to security footage from the scene.

A police spokesman said the man tried to shoot but the gun didn't fire.

Moments later, security footage shows the man speeding in reverse down the street toward where officers were stationed. The suspect's car crashed into another, lightly wounding three officers. Police opened fire, killing the suspect, according to Israel's Magen David Adom emergency service.

Soldiers and police said they searched the scene and found an automatic weapon, along with a knife and tear gas belonging to the suspect. It remains unclear whether other suspects were involved in the attack.

"The Israeli police killed our son Naim cold-blooded, and then stormed the house and destroyed it completely in front of the children, who screamed, cried and were terrified of their behavior," Badir's family said, according to the Palestinian news agency WAFA.

The attack comes amid heightened crackdown by Israel in the occupied West Bank and days before Israel is set to swear in the most right-wing government in its history.

The incoming minister of national security who will oversee the police, Itamar Ben-Gvir, thanked the police for their response to the attack and praised the force as heroic.

The leader of an ultranationalist Jewish Power party who once was convicted of incitement to racism and supporting a terrorist organization, Ben-Gvir ran on the promise of fighting organized crime and increasing governance in areas populated by Israel's Arab minority.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health stated that the Palestinian death toll from the beginning of the year until this morning has reached 224, including 53 in the Gaza Strip.

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