Man found dead in Umm al-Fahm is 126th Palestinian citizen of Israel murdered this year: reports
A man found shot dead in the town of Umm Al-Fahm on Friday was the 126th Palestinian citizen of Israel to have been murdered this year, according to local news reports.
The 51-year-old man was found dead inside his vehicle in a health clinic parking area with multiple gunshot wounds to the upper body, Haaretz reported. Ambulance staff declared him dead on the scene.
The man was the fourth Palestinian citizen of Israel to have been murdered this week.
A parliamentary report in August revealed that male Palestinian citizens of Israel aged over 25 are 36 times more likely to fall victim to gun violence than their Jewish Israeli counterparts.
Those living in a predominantly Palestinian area were 30 times more likely to be a victim of gun crime than those living in Jewish neighbourhoods, according to the study.
Gun violence among Palestinians within Israel's 1948 boundaries accounts for over 60 percent of all murders nationwide, despite Palestinian citizens of Israel making up just over a fifth of the population.
There are more than 400,000 illegal weapons among Palestinians in Israel, who number just over two million.
Israeli authorities have consistently drawn criticism for allegedly failing to tackle intra-Palestinian violence within Israel's 1948 boundaries.
Palestinian citizens of Israel face systematic discrimination and regularly complain of being treated as second-class citizens.
Large segments of the Israeli public see Palestinian citizens as a demographic threat to Israel's "Jewish identity", with discrimination entrenched across housing, public services, education, and employment.