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As pressure mounted on authorities to stem a wave of fatal shootings in Lod, in
which two women were killed at close range this month, Public Security Minister
Yitzhak Aharonovitch responded to criticisms of inadequate policing by pointing
a finger at what he described as a “culture” of honor killings that he said is
rampant within the Arab community.
Aharonovitch ordered yet more Border
Police officers into the city on Wednesday, and declared the start of a new
drive to seize illegal firearms in Lod.
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“Preventing murders, especially
‘family honor’ slayings, will not be achieved through increased enforcement, but
through a change in culture, education, legal deterrence, an increased role by
welfare services and an improvement in infrastructure,” Aharonovitch
“In Israel, we will not see a situation in which a police officer
sleeps in every home,” the public security minister said. “When a crimes arrive
at the police’s door, it means that all the other arms of the state have
“The police cannot replace health workers, courts, social
workers, teachers and parents,” he added.
Lod will in the coming months
enter an urban policing pilot scheme, in which municipal inspectors with some
police powers will patrol the city’s streets, as part of an effort to mitigate
violent crime, the Public Security Ministry announced.
“We call on the
residents of the city to increase cooperation in order to unite the ranks in the
war against crime and violence,” the Ministry added.
Meanwhile, a Ramle
Magistrate Court extended the custody of four suspects arrested in connection
with the murder of 34-year-old Abiv Abu Katifo by four days on Tuesday
Katifo, a mother of five, was mortally wounded from multiple
gunshot injuries and rushed by unknown individuals to the Assaf Harofe Medical
Center in Tzrifin, where she died of her wounds.
The suspects are
Katifo’s husband, his brother, his cousin, and two men from Ramle. One of the
men from Ramle was released by the court to house arrest, but police have
launched an appeal against the decision at the Petah Tikva District Court, and
he will remain in custody until a decision is made on the appeal on
Reports that the men from Ramle could be connected to other
recent slayings in the city were unfounded, a police source told The Jerusalem
Post on Wednesday.
“We’re not saying that any of the suspects directly
carried out the shooting at this stage. They are, however, suspected of
involvement,” the police source added. “The investigation is still at an early
Tuesday’s shooting was the third homicide in Lod this month, and
the 13th murder there in two years.
Dozens of Jewish and Arab residents
of Lod held a spontaneous demonstration outside of the police station on Tuesday
night to call for firm measures to end violent crime.
Earlier this month,
a 27-yearold mother of three was shot dead from close range in her car in front
of her two young children.
A 48-year-old man was also killed this month
in front of his daughter, in his car, near city hall.