Despite police efforts to stamp out the use of firearms in the Arab sector, gun
crime rose by 7 percent in the first three months of 2012 in comparison to the
same period last year, police said Monday.
In 2011, in 557 cases a
firearm was used during the commission of a crime, with 579 arrests made for
firearms offenses, police said.
The police and the Public Security
Ministry have been the subject of continued criticism from the Arab sector due
to the mayhem caused by gun violence in Israel’s Arab towns and villages. Just
last weekend, three Israeli Arabs were murdered across the country in the latest
round of violence.
For their part, police and Public Security Minister
Yitzhak Aharonovitch (Israel Beiteinu) have repeatedly stressed the importance
of fighting gun violence, calling time and again on Arab leaders and citizens to
help police rid the sector of illegal firearms.
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