The large Arab Bedouin community residing in southern Israel has threatened a violent uprising against the Jewish state over the death last Friday of a young Israeli-Arab Bedouin boy during an Israeli counter-terrorism raid in the West Bank.
Mahmoud al-Karnawi, 11, was shot and killed during an exchange of fire between Israeli troops and Palestinian gunmen in the West Bank town of Tulkarm. The boy and his mother, who is Palestinian, were visiting family members when the fighting broke out.
According to Israel National News, al-Karnawi was exposed to the gunfire because one of the militants being hunted by the Israelis was his half-brother, who is a member of the Islamic Jihad terrorist organization.
The boy's family insists that Israeli gunfire killed him, while an army statement said that following an autopsy, it was still unclear whether the child died as a result of Israeli or Palestinian gunfire.
In remarks carried by Israel's Ha'aretz daily newspaper, the mayor of al-Karnawi's hometown of Rahat said that if it turns out the boy was killed by Israeli bullets, “it might inflame the public.”