Relax, nothing happened in Nof HaGalil or Afula. The shocking murder in which five young men lost their lives took place in Yafia. It is still in Arab society, and poses no danger to Jews or symbols of government. Until that happens, you can get back to normal and fast. Don't worry – it's a matter of a few hours before the next murder happens and everyone forgets. By the way, it is doubtful whether this murder will be solved, like dozens of murders in the Arab sector that have not yet been solved, and it is doubtful whether the police will even have a lead in solving the case.
There is no doubt that crime in Arab society is an event that is bigger than the Israel Police. It can be strong and effective against Arab demonstrators, shooting, killing and arresting, securing the demolition of illegal homes, or arresting a man suspected of violence against his partner. But when it comes to fighting crime, it's part of the problem, not the solution.
The scene of the murder at Qasim Junction // Credit: MDA
Needless to say, the feelings are difficult. The Arabs have long understood that the state has not only given up on them, but that they are not welcome even as second-class citizens. They are on the fringes, and no, not only because of the Nation-State Law, but because of the government's sense of alienation from one-fifth of its citizens.
The continuation of the crime wave in the sector brings some difficult insights. The main one is that the state prefers to fight the Arabs than defend them. We have already heard more than once senior police officials claim that some of the main Arab crime generators are connected to security agencies, who in return for information back them up or prevent enforcement against them. Which brings us to the almost rhetorical question: Does a country that succeeds in preventing any security organization in Arab society, manages to infiltrate every country in the world and manages to retrieve the Iranian nuclear archive in the dead of night, fail to eradicate crime in Arab society? The answer is obvious - she is not interested.
The five murdered in the village of Yafia against the background of the scene, photo: MDA operational documentation
Despite all that being said above, it takes two for this tango. There is no sole responsibility here for the state or the government. But the latter is the sovereign, and it is she who has ensured governance. And what is governance if not equal treatment and equal care for all?
But we must be honest: despite the harsh complaints in the Arab sector against the state and its leaders over the past decades, there is still a very great responsibility of Arab society towards itself. It is inconceivable that we will continue to accept dangerous phenomena that create a hotbed for criminal organizations, such as the takeover of public space or public tenders in local government. Each and every one must take responsibility.
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