The deadly threat to Palestinian civilians in Israel should be stopped immediately after years of neglect by Israeli authorities, investigators say.
To date, the Israeli government has neglected Palestinian territory and, for example, has not established police presence in many Palestinian cities and towns. Financial problems police are often cited as an excuse. Illegal weapons, terrorism, and serious crime are just some of the consequences.
Violence is a serious problem, Ian Lustick, a professor of political science at the University of Pennsylvania, told Al Jazeera.
“Murders are rampant and a systematic failure to properly and consistently investigate the arrests and prosecutions of offenders,” he said.
When the Israeli police to resolve 71% of murders in the Jewish community, with only 23% eliminated in Palestinian territories.
The Palestinian people, who make up about one-fifth of the population, have been killed in a plot twice as deadly as that of Jewish Israel.
According to statistics, 17- to 24-year-old Palestinians are twice as likely to be shot as Jews. For Palestinians over the age of 25, the risk is 36 times higher than the Jewish Israelites.
Yaniv Voller, professor of political science at the Middle East at the University of Kent, said the crisis in Palestine had been for more than 12 years with former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
“And all the governments have ignored this, especially because of the violence in the Arab world [Palestinian] “People need more resources, as well as more conflict between government officials and Arab citizens,” Voller told Al Jazeera.
“Although Arab leaders often ask the government for help, they do not want to work with the authorities, especially the police.”
As a result, 2020 marked the year with a total of 96 Palestinian citizens in Israel killed.
However, 2021 has disrupted the original sign already. Nearly 100 Palestinians have been killed since the beginning of the year, often as part of guerrilla warfare.
One of the problems is Israeli officials who see violence in Palestine as a security issue, one of Shin Bet’s wise men, not the police, says Lustick.
“Just as all public works are cared for in the Arab world – education, toilets, recreation, architecture, housing, etc. – so do the police,” he said.
However, the problem is not just wealth and neglect, but “in large part, the separation of the Israeli population and the exclusion of the Arabs from the real problems of many state institutions and the majority of Israeli Jews,” Lustick said.
“On top of this, but related to this, the expropriation of more land from Palestine and Palestinian settlements and the refusal to accept construction plans. This leads to more oppression and more conflict between families and families over minor issues.
“Add to that the many thousands of co-workers and such people, protected from crime, and the weapons that they and terrorist groups and families can afford, and you have a way to help the bloodshed we see,” he added.
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said a new anti-crime strategy in Palestine was being developed.
“My government is determined to take action with a continuous, continuous and continuous fight, with all its might, in the fight against crime and violence in the Arab world,” Bennett said in a statement earlier this month.
Calling on the Israeli defense agency Shin Bet, which operates mainly in the West Bank, to address the issue “is probably not the most effective”, Voller warned.
“The solution to this problem is to invest more in anti-crime programs, strengthen the police force and try to mobilize weapons, which are ubiquitous in the Arab world. However, the program will not work for a while without the interdependence between government officials and the Arab people. No solution can be achieved without the cooperation of the people with the authorities, whether by compulsion or education, ”he said.
What can help is a new government in Israel that is interested in solving this problem.
“This agreement, in all its aspects, is committed to resolving this issue. This includes the right wing that understands that violence in the Arab world is not limited to Arab villages and towns. The difference is mainly in the approach, where the right wing forces are enforcing the law, including Shabak and the police, as opposed to alternatives, “said Voller.
One of the members of the alliance is the United Arab List (Ra’am), which is committed to the rights of Palestinian minorities.
“Ra’am is the key to tackling the problem of violence in the Arab world. Through negotiations to enter into an agreement, it has set a budget and its leadership is showing support for the government,” Voller said.
However, Ra’am, on its own, cannot bring about change, which requires greater cooperation with the Palestinian authorities, and many do not support Ra’am, Voller said.
What should also be difficult is that the police, like the military, represent the power of the Zionist government, which many Palestinians do not want to be aware of for political and ethnic reasons.
“The level of trust is very low right now. However, the reality is that Arab citizens and political leaders oppose the government’s actions, which means they have other hopes and expectations. I am here, to reaffirm my trust, so that Ra’am can be identified, “Voller said.