Communist Party of Israel

Israel’s far-right government has approved a NIS 150 million ($45 million) plan to combat the spread of violence and organized crime in Arab cities and towns, the Prime Minister’s Office announced on Monday evening, March 1. When this plan was revealed in early February, List chair MK Ayman Odeh (Hadash) commented: “Netanyahu is offering us a band-aid… It’s impossible to solve a decade of neglect with NIS 100 million.” The annual budget of the Israeli police is around NIS 13 billion. Joint List MK Youssef Jabareen (Hadash), left, who was injured by police during last Friday’s protests in Umm al-Fahm, visits two other injured protesters still being treated in Haifa’s Ramban Hospital. (Photo: Zo Haderech) A wave of demonstrations by Arabs citizens protesting governmental and police neglect has brought the issue to the forefront in recent weeks. Umm al-Fahm, an Arab city in Israel’s Northern Triangle region, has seen seven straight…

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Odeh: Gov’t Funding to Fight Crime in Arab Sector — A Mere Band-Aid