Occupied Palestine (QNN)- Israeli Minister of Public Security and Strategic Affairs Gilad Erdan claimed on Monday that violence among Arabs stems from Arabic culture.
“Arab society, and I say that with sadness, is a very violent society. It has to do with the culture there, where many conflicts that here would end with a legal charge, there they would pull out a knife or a weapon. It has to do with how a mother can give an approval to her son to murder [his] sister because she dates a man the family doesn’t like.”
The racist remark, which was made on Radio Jerusalem, was a response to a wave of protest by Palestinians in the occupation state over a lax police response to violent crime in the Arab neighborhoods.
Erdan, whose office is in charge of overseeing the Israel Police, is slated to meet leading Israeli Arab politicians on Thursday, in a bid to find solutions for the uptick in gun violence in the Arab community, but senior lawmaker Ahmad Tibi said his peers are reconsidering the meeting over the minister’s latest comments.
Protesters and community leaders say the Israeli authorities have not been active enough in finding solutions.
Ayman Odeh, chairman of Joint List of four Arab-majority parties, is reported in Haaretz saying that Erdan “prefers to hide behind racist claims and throw responsibility on the victims” instead of “claiming responsibility over the security of all citizens.”
This month, Palestinian citizens of Israel began protesting against the lack of action by the authorities to stem a tide of violence in Arab towns and villages. Their major complaint was that the Israeli police was failing to demonstrate an equal level of concern and distribution of resources as when the safety of Jewish citizens is at stake.