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Summaries of 3 articles on violence in the Arab world, by Daily Alert, with links

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Oct. 4, 2019

  • The Arab World Can’t Blame All of Its Problems on the West – Hussain Abdul-Hussain
    In August, a Palestinian woman, Israa Ghrayeb, 21, was beaten to death. Three of her male relatives have since been charged with her murder. Her apparent “crime” was to post a video of herself having dinner with her fiance and his sister. Self-appointed “social policing” is a characteristic of Muslim societies. Almost no Western country has vigilantes who take it upon themselves to dictate what is acceptable sexual behavior or what people should wear or drink, in the manner of some Arab and Muslim societies. The writer is Washington bureau chief of the Kuwaiti daily Al-Rai and a former visiting fellow at Chatham House in London. (Asia Times-Hong Kong)


  • Tradition of Violence Deeply Ingrained in Arab Society – Ali Adi
    Since 2000, 1,300 Arab Israelis have lost their lives as a result of crime and violence. Arab elected officials often blame Israel, but Arab society encourages violence within its ranks. Instead of law and order remaining in the hands of the central government, Arab society takes responsibility for seeing justice done away from the authorities and places it in the hands of families and communities, preferring to close matters within the clan or the village.
    If we want a solution to the violence, Arab society must allow police to enter towns and villages, and back them up fully. It cannot demand that the police come in and clear out illegal weapons while also attacking police, putting their safety at risk. (Israel Hayom)


See also Local Cooperation Is Key to Ending Violence in Israeli Arab Sector – Shlomi Eldar
13 Arab Israelis were murdered at the hands of Arab criminals in September, bringing the total this year to 56 men and 11 women. On the one hand, elected Arab officials have persistently conveyed to their people that the Israel Police is a hostile force that must be opposed.
On the other hand, they are counting on the police force to wipe out the violence in their communities. Up until the first intifada in 1987, thousands of Arabs served in the Israel Police, mostly in Arab communities. Following the uprising, heavy pressure was brought to bear on these Arabs to resign, and most did.
Brig.-Gen. (res.) Meir Elran of the Institute for National Security Studies told Al-Monitor, “The only way to eradicate the phenomenon of violence in Arab society is to create public commitment and mobilize the cooperation of residents, local government and the police.”  (Al-Monitor)

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