Netanyahu Condemns Violence In Arab Sector And Pledges More Police To Fight It

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Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a eremony Marking the 90th Anniversary of the 1929 Palestine riots, outside the cave of the patriarchs in the West Bank city of Hebron, September 4, 2019 (Photo by Gershon Elinson/Flash90)

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned acts of violence and murder in the Arab sector and pledged to allocate additional police manpower to fight against the phenomenon.

The statement issued on Sunday came a day after hundreds of Arab-Israelis demonstrated throughout the country and announced plans for further protests throughout the month.

In the statement, Netanyahu also called on the Arab-Israeli public to refrain from violence of any kind in the context of protest action.

“All of us need to act responsibility and cooperate in order to fight violence,” the statement said.

Ayman Odeh, leader of the Joint List of Arab political parties, said now Netanyahu must advance a plan of action to deal with the violence.

“It cannot be that 20 percent of the population needs to make a ruckus and block roads for the government to start to deal with the problem that has taken the lives of innocents for so many years already,” Odeh said in a statement.

Arab-Israeli communities held a general strike on Thursday to protest the uptick in violent crime and the lack of an effective police response. On Friday, protesters blocked roads, including major highways in the north of the country.

At least 71 Arab citizens of Israel have been killed as a result of gun violence and criminal activity since the beginning of this year, The Jerusalem Post reported. The murder rate among the country’s Arab population has increased by 20 percent in 2019 over the same period last year, according to Haaretz.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. It’s israels fault that the Arabs behave like animals ? Like you blame Israel bec your community is violent ? Why don’t you idiots look within ? How about some self perseption ? Is it maybe a result of your schools teaching that it’s ok to be violent to Jews bec it’s resistance? Maybe that’s why some teens say ok that means violence is not a bad thing so let’s kill each other too . Is it maybe an out come of the way Arabs violently treat women ?
    But no it’s Israels fault ! And now all of a sudden we want Israel to police and arrest Arabs ? What a warped crazy society .

  2. I”ll add another point. The crime rate in israel is very low. if not for protests in meah shearim and driving tickets the cops or mishtra would be out of business. The system is not built to deal with you corrupt arabs.

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