Further disproving the false claim made by many anti-Semites that Israel is an apartheid state, Israel recently appointed an Israeli-Arab Muslim to the second-highest rank on its police force. 

Israel Police Assistant Commissioner Jamal Hakrush is set to become the first Muslim Arab to rise to the rank of Deputy Commissioner, Israeli media reported on Wednesday.

Hakrush will command a new division that will focus on fighting crime in the Arab-Israeli sector, which Police Commissioner Roni Alsheikh revealed on Tuesday was riddled with disproportionately high levels of violent crime.

Hakrush, who told Israel’s Channel 2 last October that, despite the current wave of terrorism, coexistence “exists and will continue to exist,” joined the police force in 1978 and has filled a variety of roles since.

In 2004, he was brought in to head the Afula station and went on to command the Nahariya station during the rocket crisis of the Second Lebanon War in 2006. In 2007, he was promoted to commander, and headed the Zvulun station in Haifa. At the time, he was the first Muslim Arab in Israeli history to hold a rank that high.

In 2010, he was appointed deputy commander of the Coastal District, covering Haifa in the north to Hadera in the center of the country.

The married father of four was promoted again to become head of the Coastal District in 2013.

Israeli Chief of Police Roni Alsheikh

Israeli Chief of Police Roni Alsheikh (R). (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

His new division dealing with crime in the Arab sector is under the auspices of the Public Security Ministry, which oversees the Israel Police. The division is meant to tackle issues of illegal firearms trading, rampant traffic accidents and violations, illegal construction, firing of live ammunition at weddings and other celebrations and more.

The police chief on Monday said 59% of convicted murderers hail from the Arab sector.

Approximately 20 percent of Israel’s eight million citizens are Arabs. According to the Israeli Democracy Index, a public opinion survey project conducted last year by the Israeli Democratic Institute and the Guttman Center for Surveys, 65% of Israeli-Arabs are proud to be Israeli.

Arabs, as well as Jews, enjoy a high standard of living in the only free country in the Middle East. Arabs are employed by and receive service at all government offices. They study at all universities, including Ariel University in Samaria, and serve as judges, IDF officers and parliamentarians.

By: the Algemeiner and United with Israel Staff


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