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Restoring Security in Arab Communities

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How does one create a sense of security? First of all, the state must establish a good policing system – an effective but fair one. This means a permanent presence in communities, with police officers seeing themselves as public servants. An important part of their role is crime prevention; responding rapidly when incidents occur; intervening to nip crime in the bud, just like in Jewish communities; ceasing to constantly try to turn criminals into collaborators; and delivering equitable public services to Arab citizens, who deserve protection, without relating to them as a security threat.

Secondly, one has to deal with the deeper roots of violence. This includes the elimination of poverty in Arab communities, since this is a well-established cause of crime; improving the education system as a key for better integration into the workforce; the establishment and operation of youth centers, with sport and leisure facilities that offer the nargila (hookah) generation other alternatives; increasing available land and relieving the dire housing shortage that causes great stress in these........

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