Terrifying video of an 18-month-old baby playing with a loaded Glock pistol and bullets lying around his crib is discovered by Israeli police when they arrest his father for firearms offences
- Unnamed man jailed for gun offences in northern Israeli town of Umm al-Fahm
- When police searched his phone they found the troubling pictures of his son
- He has now been handed another charge of endangering his 18-month-old baby
- Arab-Israelis have recently protested against rising levels of crime in the town
A man arrested for firearm possession had footage on his phone of his 18-month-old baby son playing with a loaded glock pistol.
The unnamed man, who is a resident of the northern Israeli- Arab town of Umm al-Fahm, was arrested on suspicion of weapons trafficking and possession of illegal arms last month.
Police found photos and videos when they searched the man’s phone, showing the 18-month old playing with the gun and bullets strewn around his crib.
Police found photos and videos when they searched the man’s phone, showing the 18-month old playing with the gun and bullets strewn around his crib. The baby’s fingers get terrifyingly close to the trigger but the father insisted that the gun was a fake
Police said they have also now charged him with endangering his son, according to The Times of Israel.
The suspect’s lawyer said that he denies all allegations and that the gun was simply a replica.
The police said that he was involved in selling weapons.
Arab-Israelis, the Arab citizens of Israel, have started a number of protests across the country in recent weeks, concerned over rising violent gun crime in Arab-majority towns.
They say criminality has been allowed to fester due to a lack of policing from Israeli authorities and an apathy towards the high rates of domestic violence, so-called honour and gang violence.
Israeli security forces stand guard during a protest by Israeli Arabs against violence, organised crime and recent killings among their communities, in the town of Umm-Al Fahm in Northen Israel, which is almost solely inhabited by Arab citizens, on October 4, 2019. Arab Israelis protested and held a general strike the previous day to call on police to stop a wave of violence in their communities, a situation the country’s president labelled a ‘national emergency’
A 35-year-old man was shot as he left a mosque on Tuesday night in Umm al-Fahm, bringing the death toll among Arab citizens in the country to 75 killed under violent circumstances this year.
Yousef Jabarin, an Arabic Member of the Knesset and resident of Umm al-Fahm, told the Jerusalem Post: ‘We recently cautioned against the severity of the situation and the lack of security in Arabic towns, but unfortunately the bloodbath persists.
‘The Arabic residents have had enough of criminals enjoying full autonomy in their towns, and they continue striking without judgement of repercussions.’