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King: Open Police Stations in Jerusalem Arab Neighborhoods

Jerusalem Jews are under attack by Arabs in the city, Jerusalem City Council member Aryeh King - and he has a solution
By Moshe Cohen
First Publish: 5/22/2014, 8:05 AM

Aryeh King
Aryeh King
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Jerusalem Jews are under attack by Arabs in the city, Jerusalem City Council member Aryeh King told Arutz Sheva in an interview. In March alone, 157 reports of attacks by Arabs were reported by Jews in the city. “The government and the police have yet to understand what is going on,” King said.

“These incidents are happening not in Arab neighborhoods, but in standard, Jewish neighborhoods like Pisgat Ze'ev, Neve Yaakov, Gilo, Ramot, French Hill, Armon Hanatziv, and of course in City of David and the Old City. You would think that Public Security Minister Yitzchak Aharonovich, as a former police officer himself, would take this seriously. But the police have not devised a plan yet to deal with this,” King said.

One way to keep down Arab crime was to set up more police stations in Arab neighborhoods, in order to better keep an eye on the criminals involved in these attacks who live in neighborhoods like Shu'afat, Jebel Mukhaber, and Issawiya. “There is no reason that these neighborhoods should be exempt from a police presence. Police do not even enter these neighborhoods, unless a major event takes place. As long as there is no police presence in these neighborhoods, the Jewish neighborhoods will continue to suffer.”

King said that Jerusalem residents are beginning to feel as if they are living in a “cage. I meet with residents of these neighborhoods and see their problems. I don't think it's too late to restore personal safety, but it is going to take investments and action. That is the government's job,” he added.