Israeli forensics and police officers at the scene where three men found dead at a forest in Northern Israel in suspected triple murder, November 1, 2020. Photo by Basel Awidat/Flash90 *** Local Caption *** פלילי ירוי מת רצח משולש משטרה סורקים יער דקירה כוחות

According to reports, the Arab community has seen a surge in violence which has angered many locals at what they feel is law enforcement’s lax attitude when cracking down on influential criminal organizations which includes family feuds, mafia turf wars, and violence against women.    Fed-up social media users started the hashtag A#Arab Lives Matter in English, Hebrew and Arabic.

The recent killings of three men have incensed the community. Sources say in 2021, the death total has reached 89 with the record being 96 last year. The recent incident occurred when a man sat in his car and was shot in the head.  The day before, two men were shot and killed one of them while one of them was attending a wedding.

To put the community at ease, police minister Omer Barlev told local, new reporters that his objective was to hire an extraordinary number of new officers to address this crime issue.  

Public Security Minister Omer Barlev sent out a press release to local media saying he plans to hire 1,100 police officers, and the government approved the budget, although it could take months before the officers are hired, not to mention the additional time for training.   Still yet, Barlev attempted to reassure the community that he has been in ongoing talks with Police Commissioner Kobi Shabtai.

Earlier this year, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said he recognized the seriousness of the violence and said he met with senior government and police officials to develop a comprehensive action plan to take down criminals. 

Minister of Public Security Omer Barlev attends a ceremony of the Israeli police for the Jewish new year at the National Headquarters of the Israel Police in Jerusalem on September 5, 2021. Photo by Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90 *** Local Caption *** טקס מטה ארצי שנה טובה ראש השנה מפקדים טקס עומר בר לב

According to a 2020 Knesset report, 400,000 illegal weapons have been discovered in Israel, mostly in Arab communities.  

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