Israel’s war on crime in the Arab sector is far from over
Those who turn to Google to search for information on Jaljulia will find results that only detail the dangers lurking in the Arab city in central Israel.
There are no findings on the prehistoric archaeological site on the outskirts of the city or the remains of the ancient Crusader sugar mill, which was later turned into the Jami Abu’l-Awn Mosque – a complex associated with the 15th century religious leader Shams al -Din Abu’l-Awn Muhammad al-Ghazzi, a commander of Saladin’s army.
This is not surprising, given that your average Israeli would only hear about the city in the context of crime and murder.
Since the start of the year, Jaljulia has lost five of her sons in various criminal attacks. Among the dead was Mohammed Adas, 15, killed after returning from a family dinner.
The latest victim is Mohammed Odeh, a special needs man with two children, who was killed by a stray bullet Tuesday near the town cemetery.
Jaljulia, unlike its Jewish neighbors, ranks almost last on the socio-economic scale and at the top when it comes to per capita murders.
The city is no different from other Arab local authorities in Israel. The possibility of losing their lives from a stray bullet has become a reality for many Arab Israelis, who for years have been forced to live on the economic and social periphery without adequate resources and infrastructure.
The Israel Police have neglected the area for decades, with many stations stating categorically that they will not send officers to Arab towns, where exploitative criminal organizations have sprung up, transforming Israel’s backyard. in an autonomous zone in which terror reigns over the lives of hundreds of thousands of people. Israeli residents.
After nearly two years of protests by the Arab population of Israel, the country’s government has finally decided to get involved, with the bold goal of ending the escalation in crime within six months, according to Deputy Minister of Homeland Security Yoav Segalovich.
Since the start of the campaign, endless reports of weapons seized, arrests of suspects, confiscation of assets and closures of suspected crime-related businesses have been pouring in.
In an effort to get a photo of the victory, senior police officers urged politicians to take a look at the abundance of illegal weapons, which have eluded security forces for years.
During the first two weeks of the operation, a sense of calm was felt in the country’s Arab towns, with ten consecutive days without even a single homicide report.
Some thought it was a sign that the police were starting to get a grip on the situation and that the criminals had retreated underground. Some thought it might even be time to end the protests.
Tuesday’s murder in Jaljulia was a shattering wake-up call to the police’s sense of victory and any sense of optimism and euphoria that average Arab citizens might have started to feel.
The event emphasizes – more than anything – that eradicating crime requires the systematic work of all government agencies, aimed at rehabilitating urban areas and increasing the community resilience of Arab residents.
Israeli Arabs must not hold back. We have a responsibility to continue the protests not only to pressure the government to do more, but most of all, to show the criminals that we are united and strong.