West Bank construction work [illustrative].
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Allegations of ongoing racial abuse of Druse IDF soldiers and police officers by settlers who are angry at the West Bank construction freeze must be investigated immediately, Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch said on Sunday.
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Citing IDF sources, Hebrew media reports said Druse security personnel serving in the Civil Administration and the Border Police have been repeatedly targeted by derogatory and racist comments by a number of settlers in the West Bank recently.
In addition, anonymously authored leaflets have been distributed in the area which described Druse members of the security forces as "Arab police" tasked with guarding Palestinians.
Responding to the reports, Public Security Minister Yitzhak
Aharonovitch has called on Police Insp.-Gen. David Cohen and state
prosecutors to launch an immediate investigation.
"If the suspicions turn out to be true, these are acts that are entirely
shameful. The security forces, who endanger their lives in various
areas around the country, must receive support rather than this
disgraceful treatment. There must be no discrimination, and if the
suspicions turn out to be true, those responsible must be brought to
justice quickly," Aharonovitch said.
"These comments against Druse are unacceptable, and are aimed at
denigrating a group which is seen as a model in its contribution to the
state. I am committed to continuing the support of officers and soldiers
who carry out holy work," he added.