police antiviolence rally lod parade 311.
(photo credit: POLICE MOTORCYCLISTS ride at the front of an antiv)
The country’s Arab youth should join the national service and fight crime in
their own communities, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said at Sunday’s
Netanyahu’s comments came following a weekend in which
there were three murders in the Arab sector. One man was shot dead in broad
daylight in Lod, another was shot and killed in Taiba and the body of a third
man – who had also been shot – was discovered near Tamra.
in the Arab sector is a goal of the government and it needs to be a goal of the
country,” Netanyahu said.
The prime minister said he “appreciated” that
there were increasing voices from within the leadership of the Arab sector
calling for stepped-up law enforcement, and that increased enlistment in the
national service would promote this.
“The community can help itself,” he
said. “The Arab sector can help itself vis-à-vis increased law enforcement by
volunteering in the civilian service as well.”
While the government has
spent billions of shekels to promote greater Arab integration into the country’s
economy, “without law enforcement” that goal will remain elusive, Netanyahu
Alongside an economic partnership, he said, “there must also be
partnership in enforcing the law. We will do our part. I expect a practical
response by Arab sector community representatives regarding increased law
enforcement in their communities.”
Mohammed Zidane, head of the Higher
Arab Monitoring Committee, which organizes the political operations of a number
of Israeli Arab bodies across the country, said, “I agree that we have a
responsibility to fight crime, and we are ready to contribute, with lectures and
hasbara in the mosques, churches, schools and community centers. But the
ultimate responsibility for ensuring the safety of citizens is on the
Zidane said the government has a greater responsibility
mainly because of the scourge of firearms in the Arab sector, a menace that
law-abiding citizens can’t be expected to fight on their own.
hours, three people were killed in the Arab sector and the tool used was guns.
We put the obligation on the government to collect the illegal weaponry running
through the sector and the black market. We can’t do this ourselves.”
regards to national service, Zidane said: “We are wiling to enlist in a civil
service framework, we are ready to enlist and contribute and help the community,
but not through an IDF or defense system framework. If this is how it will be we
will be against it.”