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Arabs in Israel protest against crime, police collusion

Israeli Arabs protest against violence, organised crime and recent killings among their communities, in the Arab town of Umm-Al Fahm in Northen Israel on October 4, 2019 [JALAA MAREY/AFP via Getty Images]
Israeli Arabs protest against violence, organised crime and recent killings among their communities, in the Arab town of Umm-Al Fahm in Northen Israel on October 4, 2019 [JALAA MAREY/AFP via Getty Images]

Hundreds of Arab citizens in Umm Al-Fahm and Wadi Ara in Israel took to the streets on Friday to protest against violence, crime, and police collusion with criminal gangs, Arab48 reported.

The Arabs started their demonstration at the Headquarters of Umm Al-Fahm municipality after performing Friday prayer, according to the news website, noting that this was the third Friday that protests had been organised.

Arab48's reporter Diyaa Haj Yahya disclosed that the demonstrators moved towards the Israeli police station and chanted slogans against the Israeli government and the police, who do not carry out their duty cracking down on the crime spread among the Arab community in Israel.

Haj Yahya reported that some skirmishes occurred between the demonstrators and the police, noting that the police attacked the demonstrators.

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Several Arab-majority cities and neighbourhoods in Israel witnessed demonstrations against Israeli police complicity in fighting crime and violence.

It is worth noting that Arabs set up a sit-in tent in front of the police station in Wadi Ara last Monday as part of the decisions taken by the municipality of Umm Al-Fahm and the People's Committee, in order to put pressure on the Israeli police to take action against crime.

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