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Crimes against Arab Communities Increase in Israel

Crimes against Arab Communities Increase in Israel

Sunday, 11 April, 2021 - 11:15
A Palestinian protests Israel’s plan to annex parts of the occupied West Bank, near Tulkarm. (Reuters)

Crime waves against the Arab communities in Israeli areas continued to rise, despite the demonstrations protesting violence and Israeli police collusion with armed gangs.

Two young men, Hafez Sanallah, 26, and Rami Sanallah, 23, were shot dead in Deir al-Asad when an unknown assailant opened fire at a food kiosk.

In Ibtin village, another young man was killed, and two others were injured by gunshot after a fight broke out.

The crimes came shortly after demonstrations took place in Jaljulia and Kafr Qasim to protest the high rate of crimes in Palestinian communities and police complicity with criminal gangs.

Deir al-Asad plans to hold a series of protest activities against crime and violence, in addition to the weekly demonstrations.

Israeli officials vowed to curb violence against Palestinian, with 25 killed since the beginning of this year in violent crime incidents. The Israeli police intend to form a new "Arabist" unit to combat crime and violence in Palestinian towns exclusively.

Meanwhile, Knesset member Offer Cassif confirmed Friday that he was beaten by police officers during a protest against planned evictions and Israeli settlement in the occupied East Jerusalem.

Cassif, a Jewish lawmaker in the predominantly Arab Joint List, participated in a demonstration against the establishment of an Israeli settlement in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, east of Jerusalem.

An AFP correspondent on the scene witnessed police officers grabbing Cassif and forcing him to the ground.

"They started to beat me, they broke my glasses... they went crazy," Cassif said, adding that they didn’t care that he is a member of the parliament.

Cassif's spokesman told AFP the injured lawmaker had been taken to hospital and that the demonstration had been "peaceful and calm" before police arrived.

A police statement said initial investigations showed a protester had "attacked one of the officers", but was released once it "became clear that he was a member of parliament.”

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