Three shooting incidents that took place in Haifa on Jan. 3 were a spree perpetrated by a single gunman, the Israel Police revealed Monday.
Yehiel Iluz, 48, a senior judge on a Haifa rabbinic conversion court, was moderately wounded in the first shooting attack; Guy Kafri, 47, a van driver from Haifa’s Nesher neighborhood, was killed in the second attack; and a woman targeted in the third attack was unharmed.
The suspect, Muhammad Shinawi, 21, a resident of Haifa’s Halisa neighborhood, was indicted Monday before the Haifa District Court for the murder of Kafri, the attempted murder of Iluz, committing an act of terror, carrying a concealed weapon, attempted robbery, and vehicle theft.
Arab terrorist in court – screenshot
According to the indictment, Shinawi was radicalized following the 2006 Second Lebanon War, and even more so over the past few years, and “he began believing Jews are infidels who should be killed.”
He decided to murder Jews after his girlfriend allegedly teased him for being a “Zionist Jew” and a “Jew lover.”
Shinawi used a Carlo rifle he owned to carry out the attack.
A police source said police and Shin Bet investigators ascertained his identity that evening. A gag order was placed on the case as a manhunt began. Shinawi turned himself in that night.
Police and Shin Bet security agency officials said Monday that Shinawi had implicated himself in the attacks, which were nationalistically motivated, and re-enacted them for investigators. He also confessed to stealing a scooter, which he later used to flee police.
Authorities also have two other men, Khaled Adel Suleiman Abu Kalib and Wahab Ayyub Mahmoud Yousef, in custody for allegedly being Shinawi’s accessories.
He reportedly asked then to drive him to downtown Haifa, where he eventually carried out the first attack, and asked them to provide him with a large knife “for self-defense.”
A third individual, a minor, was also questioned in the case, as Shinawi is believed to have sent him to get his rifle out of hiding place prior to the attack.
Kalib and Yousef face charges of facilitating an act of terror, facilitating a criminal act, obstruction of justice and drug trafficking.