Police, Beduin Iftar in Negev_311.
(photo credit: Israel Police)
Southern police district head Cmdr. Yossi Prienti invited dozens of Beduin
leaders for an evening meal to break the Ramadan fast on Sunday evening at
police headquarters in Beersheba.
The invitation to the Iftar meal was
answered by a large number of attendees, including Beduin heads of regional
councils, sheikhs, other notables and an IDF representative.
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The meal was
welcomed by both police and Beduin leaders as a positive step aimed at building
closer relations and cooperation.
The meal was also attended by the
southern district’s Arab affairs officer, Ch.-Supt.
Shalom Ben Salamon,
and his counterpart from the Negev police sub district.
joint meal as “a new and important tradition that began this year,” Prienti
said, “The full attendance is testament to the nature of our
“My objective as district commander is to increase ties and
cooperation in order to give a better service to the Arab community in the
I am currently planning to increase the number of officers in
your area in order to provide you with a better service,” he
Prienti greeted his guests with the traditional wish of “Ramadan
Kareem,” meaning “Ramadan is generous” in Arabic.
Rahat Mayor Faiz Abu
Saivan welcomed the initiative as an important step to improve relations with
his community. Sheikh Aka al- Atrash, a community notable, discussed the
significance of Ramadan in Islam and its associations with ideas of patience and
tolerance, linking them with the relationship between police and the Beduin