UMM AL-FAHM, Friday, October 29, 2021 (WAFA) – Hundreds of Palestinian protesters took part a rally today in the city of Umm al-Fahm, in 1948-occupied historic Palestine, to express their resentment over Israeli police tolerance of criminality and collaboration with outlaws and criminal gangs.
The protesters, who gathered outside the Israeli Police station in the city, chanted slogans that condemned the police for failure to end an ongoing crime wave, and even the suspected collaboration with outlaws and criminal gangs.
In 2020, 113 Palestinian nationals of Israel were killed in gunfire by unknown gunmen, making it the deadliest year ever, compared to 71 cases in 2018 and 89 in 2019. But 2021 may hit a record number, after having passed the landmark of 100 victims.
Arabs in today's Israel are Palestinians who stayed on their land following the creation of the occupying state in 1948 and their descendants. They make up about 20 percent of the country's nine million people.
By law, their rights are equal to those of Jewish citizens. But in practice they suffer discrimination in employment, housing, policing and other essentials.
Palestinians have long blamed the Israeli police for turning a blind eye to gun violence among Arab Israelis and even complicity with criminal gangs.