MembersIsraeli Arab Becomes a Top Cop

An Arab police officer has been promoted to the post of deputy commissioner, becoming the highest-ranking Israeli Muslim ever to serve in the force.

By Shlomo Mordechai |
RISING IN THE RANKS Hakroush hopes to restore law and order to the Arab sector Photo: AP

Gamal Hakroush, 59, is heading a new effort by the government to curb rampant crime in the Arab sector. His appointment comes along with the recruitment of hundreds of new policemen, most of them Israeli Arabs.

“To this day, we did not grant the Arab sector equal law enforcement services,” said Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan at the inauguration ceremony. “In everything related to the police, we did not act with due equality.”

In the wake of two Palestinian intifadas or uprisings (1987-1993; 2000-2004), Israeli Arabs have largely avoided service in the police force. But Hakroush welcomed the opportunity.

“The police’s job is to serve the people and among the people is the Arab citizen, the Arab Israeli citizen, and he deserves service,” Hakroush told The Associated Press. “He deserves that the...

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