Israel Police patrol car [File].
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A Purim party in Or Yehuda for Dan Region police went sour when a Jewish police officer allegedly attacked an Arab officer for unclear reasons.
According to a report on Army Radio on Monday, an Arab policeman enjoying the Purim party stood up and began singing the song “Geshem Geshem Mitaftef” (Rain, Rain, Dripping), which has become a sensation in Israel.
While Jewish and Arab officers were singing together, however, one Jewish officer became disgruntled at the site and reportedly threw three glass cups at him.
The Arab officer approached the Jewish officer suspected of throwing the cups and was aggressively pushed by the Jewish officer, who told him to “get out of here,” according to the report. At that point a third officer allegedly slapped the Arab officer and other officers started to shout racist taunts.
The incident at an event hall is now under investigation by the Ministry of Justice Police Internal Investigations Unit, which declined to comment.
An official with the Dan Region police told The Jerusalem Post simply that an “argument” broke out at the event hall.
Though the Israel Police is seeking to recruit Arab Israelis to the force, it faces a largely negative perception among Arab society in Israel. In a September survey by the Central Bureau of Statistics, only 39% of the general public assessed police performance positively, while 69% of Arab Israelis had a negative view. In 2016 a police recruitment campaign specifically targeting Arab Israelis increased the ratio of Muslims in the police force from 2% to 4%. Among the 2016 class of recruits, 14% were Christian, Druse, Circassian or Muslim.