Local Cooperation Is Key to Ending Violence in Israeli Arab Sector

(Al-Monitor) Shlomi Eldar - 13 Arab Israelis were murdered at the hands of Arab criminals in September, bringing the total this year to 56 men and 11 women. On the one hand, elected Arab officials have persistently conveyed to their people that the Israel Police is a hostile force that must be opposed. On the other hand, they are counting on the police force to wipe out the violence in their communities. Up until the first intifada in 1987, thousands of Arabs served in the Israel Police, mostly in Arab communities. Following the uprising, heavy pressure was brought to bear on these Arabs to resign, and most did. Brig.-Gen. (res.) Meir Elran of the Institute for National Security Studies told Al-Monitor, "The only way to eradicate the phenomenon of violence in Arab society is to create public commitment and mobilize the cooperation of residents, local government and the police."

2019-10-04 00:00:00

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