Those who use Google to search for information on Jaljulia will find results that only detail the dangers lurking in the central Arab city of Israel.
There are no results on the prehistoric archaeological site located on the outskirts of the city or the remains of the ancient Crusader ingenuity, which was later transformed into the Jami Abu’l-Awn Mosque, a complex associated with the 15th century religious leader Shams al. -Din Abu´l-Awn Muhammad al-Ghazzi, commander of Saladin’s army.
This is not surprising, considering that the average Israeli would only hear about the city in the context of crime and murder.
Since the beginning of the year, Jaljulia has lost five of her children in various criminal attacks. Among the dead was 15-year-old Mohammed Adas, who was killed while returning from a family dinner.
The latest victim is Mohammed Odeh, a special needs man with two children, who was killed by a stray bullet on Tuesday near the city’s cemetery.
Jaljulia, unlike its Jewish neighbors, ranks last on the socioeconomic scale and at the top when it comes to per capita murders.
The city is no different than other Arab local authorities in Israel. The possibility of being killed by a stray bullet has become a reality for many Israeli Arabs, who for years have been forced to live on the economic and social periphery without adequate resources and infrastructure.
The Israel Police have neglected the sector for decades, and many stations openly say they will not send officers to Arab cities, where exploitative criminal organizations have sprung up, turning Israel’s backyard into an autonomous zone where terror rules lives. of hundreds of thousands. of Israeli residents.
After nearly two years of protests by Israel’s Arab population, the country’s government finally decided to get involved, setting itself the bold goal of ending the growing crime wave in six months, according to Deputy Homeland Security Minister Yoav Segalovich.
Since the beginning of the campaign, countless reports have arrived of seized weapons, arrests of suspects, confiscation of assets and closing of businesses with alleged links to crime.
In an effort to get a picture of the victory, senior police officers invited politicians to take a look at the abundance of illegal weaponry, which for years eluded the security forces.
In the first two weeks of the operation, a sense of calm was felt in the Arab cities of the country, with ten days in a row without even a homicide report.
Some thought this was a sign that the police were beginning to control the situation and the criminals had gone into hiding. Some thought it might even be time to end the protests.
Tuesday’s murder in Jaljulia was a devastating wake-up call to the police sense of victory and any sense of optimism and euphoria that average Arab citizens might have begun to feel.
The event emphasizes, more than anything else, that the eradication of crime requires the systematic work of all government agencies, with the aim of rehabilitating urban areas and increasing the community resilience of Arab residents.
The Israeli Arabs must not hold back. We have a responsibility to continue the protests not only to pressure the government to do more, but mainly to show criminals that we are united and strong.