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A study set for release Thursday portrays the complicated view
Israeli Arabs have of the police and its role in patrolling their
According to the paper, which was compiled by the Abraham Fund
Initiatives, some 77 percent of Israeli Arabs believe the police give
preferential treatment to Jews, while some 60% say they are not wiling
to give up the protection offered by the police presence in their
The study, which was compiled through a survey of over 1,000
Israeli Arabs, also states that 62% of Arab citizens support greater
police recruitment in their community to help solve what residents view
as shortcomings in community policing in their sector. In particular,
they reported what they see as "under-policing," in that police show
insufficient vigilance in responding to crime in their towns, in
contrast to the "over-policing" of Arab citizens outside their
communities when Jewish Israelis were effected.
The report, which used research carried out by two professors
at the Ben-Gurion University in the Negev, will be presented at the
Jaffa Conference on Thursday, January 21, during a session entitled
"Future relations between Jews and Arabs - Arab society and the police
The study was carried out as part of a joint project between
the Abraham Fund Initiatives and the Israeli police called the "Arab
society-Police relations" initiative, founded as a result of the
October 2000 riots and the Orr Commission Report, to foster better
relation between the police and the Arab community.
Amnon Be'eri-Sulitzeanu, co-director of the Abraham Fund
Initiatives, said Wednesday that police have made concerted efforts in
recent years to improve relations with Israel's Arab community, adding
"these efforts derive from a true understanding within the police
leadership that the Arab minority deserves better policing services."