Arab gun violence continues to climb despite crackdown

Despite police efforts to stamp out the use of firearms in the Arab sector, gun crime rose by 7 percent in the first three months of 2012 in comparison to the same period last year, police said Monday.
In 2011, in 557 cases a firearm was used during the commission of a crime, with 579 arrests made for firearms offenses, police said.
The police and the Public Security Ministry have been the subject of continued criticism from the Arab sector due to the mayhem caused by gun violence in Israel’s Arab towns and villages. Just last weekend, three Israeli Arabs were murdered across the country in the latest round of violence.
For their part, police and Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch (Israel Beiteinu) have repeatedly stressed the importance of fighting gun violence, calling time and again on Arab leaders and citizens to help police rid the sector of illegal firearms.
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