Israeli police minister wants to tighten grip on Jerusalem

Tuesday, September 15, 2009 |  Israel Today Staff

In his ministerial policy statement for the 2009, Israeli Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch called for police to increase their presence in and service to the eastern neighborhoods of Jerusalem in order to solidify Israel's sovereignty over its capital.

Aharonovitch wrote that he wanted to boost law enforcement in Arab parts of Jerusalem in order to "to increase the feeling of identification with the state and its symbols of authority, and to increase state sovereignty in those areas."

He urged police to improve relationships with community leaders in Arab neighborhoods, and to even encourage more local Arab residents to join the civil guard.

Arab public figures regularly complain that Israel does not provide enough law enforcement and other services in Arab areas, but then cry foul when Israel does impose its authority.

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