Ramle Shooting: 124th Arab Fatality This Year

The killing comes a day after Ben Gvir, the minister in charge of police, said he was ‘not expecting advice’ from the Shin Bet on the relentless crime wave.

A man was shot dead in the city of Ramle on Sunday afternoon amid a relentless wave of killings in Arab communities across Israel that has already claimed more lives since the start of 2023 than in all of 2022.

Police said the man has not yet been identified.

The man was taken to Assaf Harofeh Hospital “by a third party [independently]”, police said.

According to The Abraham Initiatives, a nonprofit that tracks violent crime in the Arab community, the killing brought to 124 the number of Arab community members who have died in violent crimes since the start of the year. By 2022, a total of 116 Israeli Arabs had been murdered.

Of the victims this year, 112 were shot and killed, the watch group said.

National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir, who campaigned on promises to boost public security and whose ministry oversees the police, has remained largely silent in the face of soaring crime.

However, on Saturday the minister, and leader of the far-right Otzma Yehudit party, said he was not asking the Shin Bet internal security agency’s ‘opinion’ on the relentless crime wave that is hitting the Arab community, and instead planned to deploy the agency’s advanced counter-terrorism tools against suspected Israeli criminals.

The far-right minister in charge of police was responding to a Channel 12 report on Saturday night that the Shin Bet had drawn up a plan for a committee of former officers who would work with the police and share their experiences in the fight. fight against terrorist organizations. According to the report, the Ben Gvir Ministry of National Security did not follow up on this project, which remains at the proposal stage.

Last week, six members of the Arab community were gunned down in separate incidents in less than two days.

Following the killings, MK Mansour Abbas, leader of the Islamist Raam party, criticized Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government, saying it was doing nothing to end the violence.

“Not a single significant decision or step has been taken since the establishment of the government,” Abbas lamented.

“Thank you to the government of Israel, congratulations to Netanyahu. The successful appointment of the Minister of National Security has restored order and brought governance and self-confidence to criminal organizations,” he quipped.

Many community leaders criticize the police, according to them powerless to repress criminal organizations and often blind to violence, whether domestic, mafia or gender. Communities have also suffered from years of neglect by authorities and discrimination by government offices.

This article is originally published on fr.timesofisrael.com

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