Kafr Qasim residents outraged over ‘Fauda’ production gunfire amid crime wave



The streets of the central Arab town of Kafr Qasim have been transformed into a film set for the latest installment of the Israeli action drama “Fauda”, leaving many residents upset by the sounds of explosions and gunfire.

A resident living “away from the filming location,” told Channel 13 it sounded “like it’s next to me.”

“My children are scared and cannot sleep or study,” he said.

The sounds of gunfire have disturbed some residents due to the rise in violence in Arab communities in recent years, mainly due to organized crime.

According to the nonprofit Abraham Initiatives, there have been 117 homicides in the Arab community this year, a far record. Of those killed, 98 were Arab citizens of Israel and 19 Palestinians.

The majority of the apparent murders have been committed with firearms, according to the organization.


Above: Filming of Fauda in Kfar Qasim.

Another resident said people living near the filming site were compensated for the inconvenience and did not complain.

The shooting takes place in a residential area, in coordination between the municipality of Kafr Qasim and the police, reported Channel 13.

The fourth season of “Fauda” – which means “chaos” in Arabic – will be filmed throughout Israel and Ukraine.

With the fourth season coming, the series will become the longest-running action series in the country.

It was created by Lior Raz and Avi Issacharoff, and launched in 2016 on Netflix.

Jessica Steinberg contributed to this report.

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