(photo credit: Ammar Awad / Reuters)
The Public Security Ministry is alarmed by the disproportionate levels of
violent crime in the Arab community, and plans to set up special police units in
Arab areas to combat the problem, Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch announced on
Although the Arab community makes up 20 percent of the Israeli
population, Arabs are involved in 67% of all homicides, 70% of attempted
homicides and 52% of arsons, according to Public Security Ministry
Violent crime falls by 17% from 2007-2011
Arabs are also involved in 38% of serious assaults and 36% of
robberies, according to the ministry.
Aharonovitch will present a
multi-year plan to the government this week that is aimed at improving personal
safety levels in the Arab community. The ministry plans on setting up special
police units in the Arab city of Nazareth and the town of Taibe, and will deploy
an additional 200 officers for the new units.
Hundreds of other officers
will be directed to other Arab areas, and community police units will be
Aharonovitch recently toured Jaffa, Lod, Tira and Taibe to
observe policing efforts there, and to learn about difficulties facing the Arab
community. He plans on recruiting all government ministries to assist in
lowering violence rates.