On Aug. 18 a five-day march from Haifa to Jerusalem against violence within Arab-Israeli society culminated in a meeting with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin. The marchers included mothers and a sister of four young people who were killed in recent months: Khall Khalil, 28, of Haifa; Arub Habiballah, 16, of Nazareth; Saad Jabali of Taibeh; and Khaled Walid Ja’u of Umm al-Fahm.

 

 

 

Anett Haskia, an Arab Muslim, hopes to represent the "Jewish Home" party in the next Knesset. Haskia, who defines herself as an Israeli Zionist, is campaigning for a realstic slot in the "Jewish Home" primaries on Jauary 15th.

If elected, she would be the first Muslim MK in a right-wing party.

Haskia is a social activist working to fight extremism in the Arab sector. She accuses the Israeli Left and the Arab parties currently in Knesset of supporting policies which result in greater extremism.

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On September 21st Arab-Israeli leaders, in a demonstration in Jerusalem, demanded that Israeli society stop neglecting the issue of crime in Arab municipalities. Calling the growing "culture of crime" an epidemic, they called for confiscation of illegal weapons and punishments which will actually deter potential offenders. 60% of all reported crime in Israel takes place in the Arab sector, even though Arabs comprise only about 21% of the population.

The demsontrators included politcal and civic leaders who are often considered hostile to the State, including MK Masoud Ganaeim (Ra’am-Ta’al) and Muhammad Zeidan, head of the High Follow-Up Committee for Arab Citizens of Israel.

Some of the demonstrators warned that although weapons are currently being aimed predominantly at fellow Arabs, in the future they may also be directed against Jews.

Read the article in the Times of Israel.

Vayigash commentary: The State of Israel, by failing to provide basic law enforcement in Arab villages, is directly responsible for this increase in immoral and unjust behavior. This is outrageous and must be changed in the near future.

Approximately 20-30 Israeli Arabs are now counted among the thousands of young Muslims from over 80 countries who have joined the ranks of ISIS in Syria and Iraq.
This phenomenon is causing heated controversy in Israeli Arab society and is said to be dividing entire families.
The Israeli defense establsihment denies charges that it should be doing more to stop the phenomenon.
Read the article in Ynetnews.com

An intern at Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelomn, Othman Abu al-Qiyan, was recently killed while fighting for ISIS.
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