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Arab Leaders, Police Share the Blame for Crime Afflicting Israeli Arab Towns

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Much has been written about Arab Israelis’ protests over the crime wave that has hit their towns and villages. The Arab community has rightly pointed a finger of blame at the government, and also at the police, which abandoned it to the mercy of criminal clans that sow fear and have taken many lives. The police counter that they are making great efforts, and they blame the Arab community’s leadership for not helping them fight this battle.

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The truth must be stated right away: Both sides are correct. It is indeed hard to expect the current government to do anything about this issue when the person heading it, Benjamin Netanyahu, is the chief inciter against the Arab community, as we saw during the last election campaign. Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan is also no slouch when it comes to the job of inciting against Israel’s Arab citizenry.

Nevertheless, the Israeli Arab political leadership also continues to wallow in the mire of........

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