On Aug. 18th a five-day march against violence within Israeli-Arab 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: Khalil Khalil, 28, of Haifa; Arub Habiballah, 16, of Nazareth; Saad Jabali of Taibeh; Khaled Walid Ja’u of Umm al-Fahm.

On March 22, during the Coronavirus closures, more than a thousand people participated in a virtual demonstration against “the virus of the killing of women” in Israeli Arab society and in Israel in general. The demonstrators wore masks, prepared signs, and brandished them on their balconies and/or posted pictures of them on their Facebook profiles.

While visiting the site of the Dizengoff Street terror shooting perpetrated by Arara resident Nashat Milhem, Prime Minister Netanyahu said on January 2nd that the days of lax gun enforcement in Arab villages, of a "state within a state" are over.    

The Vayigash website has consistently reported warnings by Israeli Arabs that the unchecked and growing crime waves in the Arab sector will eventually spill over onto Jewsih victims as well. It remians to be seen whether Netanyahu's words will be backed up by significant actions.

After the murder of a fifty year old man and his twenty-five year old son as they sat in their car on September 17th, residents of the Galilee village of Bin'e are accusing the police failing to protect them.

Police believe the victims are the latest result of an intra-family feud which had already led to the death of four other relatives in the previous two years.

Residents, who fear that their children may be shot by stray bullets, accuse the police of failing to take serious measures to combat the growing number of residents who buy guns illegally.

Mayor Abbas Titi stated that without the weapons, such drastic and difficult murders would not have happened.

Resident Hassan Bakri was more blunt: "If the weapons would have been aimed at Jews here in the region, the police would have solved this thing and removed all weapons from the village."

Watch the report on "Mabat" (approximately 42 minutes into the broadcast)

Similar accusations were made after a murder in Jaljulya in May and a non-fatal shooting in Jasr A-Zarka in June.