Segalowitz: fewer murders in Arab cities, more weapons confiscated

Deputy Homeland Security Minister Yoav Segalovitz said on Sunday that the number of killings among the Arab community has dropped as the government and security forces worked to collect and confiscate illegal weapons.

There have been 42 murders in Arab society in the past five months, compared to 56 in the same period the previous year, Segalowitz said.

Speaking to the Knesset Internal Security Committee, Segalowitz said that as part of efforts to contain violence in the Arab community, police and other agencies have compiled a list of 631 criminal suspects, of whom 166 have been arrested and 144 have been charged.

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He also said that cases of illegal confiscation of weapons have increased in the community.

“Criminals need to understand that the rules of the game have changed,” he said. “This is a priority social mission. Negotiations are over, let’s get down to business. »

Arab communities in Israel have seen an upsurge in violence in recent years, primarily, but not exclusively, due to organized crime. Arab Israeli Arabs blame the police for failing to crack down on powerful criminal organizations and mostly looking the other way in the face of such violence – family feuds, mafia turf wars and violence against women. The community has also suffered from decades of neglect.

The Abraham Initiatives, a non-governmental lobby against violence in the Arab community, said 125 Arabs – a record number – were killed in Israel in 2021 as a result of violence and crime, 62 of whom were under 30 years old. , years.

Prime Minister Naftali Bennet (R), Public Security Minister Omer Bar-Lev, Police Chief Kobi Shabtai and Northern Command Police District Chief Shimon Lavi at a ceremony after the largest-ever police operation against illegal arms dealers in Tel Aviv, November 9, 2021 . (Photo: Yossi Aloni/Flash90)

Earlier this year, Omer Barlev, the minister of internal security, said that “criminal families in the Arab sector” have the community “by the throat.”

Last year, the cabinet adopted a plan to allocate 2.5 billion shekels to fight endemic crime in Arab society over the next five years.

Treasury ministry director general Ram Belinkov said at the same meeting that treasury officials have stepped up efforts to combat the black market in the Arab community, focusing on reducing the use of paper money and increasing the use of loans and mortgages.

Belinkov said authorities confiscated millions of shekels in paper money from places used by organized crime.

“Due to weak administration and bureaucracy [dans la communauté arabe]many people turn to loan sharks connected to organized crime,” he said.

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