Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Five Dead After Violence in Israeli-Arab Community

Jack Khoury, Haaretz

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Arab communities worry over lack of personal safety and trust that police will take action.

A recent spate of violence in the Israeli-Arab community, in which five people were killed over the Passover holiday, has left Arabs warning that the question is no longer how to prevent the next violent incident, but rather where and when it will occur.
The number of incidents was the worst in years, and also included isolated shootings in some Upper Galilee and Negev communities.
The prevailing sense in Arab communities is a lack of personal safety, and a collapse of values and norms that for several generations helped stem the tide of violence. ...
The police and Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan have tried to strengthen the police presence in Arab communities. However, many Arabs complain that the authorities haven’t recognized the fact that the key words are trust and public diplomacy – both of which are still sorely lacking. ...

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