Time To Dish Out Equality And Parking Tickets

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It is long past the time when we needed to give Israeli Arabs their correct human rights. This one first:

Universal Article 7

All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law. All are entitled to equal protection against any discrimination in violation of this Declaration and against any incitement to such discrimination.

That’s from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: a document very few of our dozens of so called human rights NGOs seem to care for any more.

MK Gilad Erdan, Likud - Photo: Gavin Gross
MK Gilad Erdan, Likud – Photo: Gavin Gross

In particular there should be waves of policemen embedded in Arab towns and viciously stamping out lawlessness from petty parking crimes, through illegal building, tax evasion and right up to the “honour killing” of daughters or gay children. Equality before and protection of the law is a bedrock of a civil society. Arabs in Israel don’t have enough of this.



Despite inevitable howls of protest from our gaggle of supposedly do-gooder, far left NGOs, it would be a massive long term benefit to the vast majority of Arabs and the country.

Last night my friend Gavin Gross went to listen to MK Gilad Erdan speaking and I like what he said:

I heard MK Gilad Erdan speak last night to a Likud group in Jerusalem. He’s the Minister of Public Security, Strategic Affairs and Information (one of these crazy cobbled-together ministries that the Israeli government comes up with).

He said some important things about policing in Arab areas. Erdan said that Israel has 257 municipalities and 70 police stations, but only two of them are in Arab cities, positioned just outside of Umm el-Fahm and Taibe.

He said this was a mistake by Israel because residents in Arab areas haven’t received the law enforcement services they require, and lawlessness has occurred because people don’t feel the authority of the state.

Erdan said he was now working on a plan to hire 1,350 new police officers for 12 new police stations to be built and located inside Arab cities, to address these issues. This comes as part of a drive to boost investment in Arab municipalities in Israel, with the government recently approving a NIS 15 billion ($4 billion) multi-year plan for the Arab sector.

Erdan is a very popular Likud politician, winning the second slot from Likud primary voters before the March 2015 elections, behind only Netanyahu. I think he’s a potential party leader and prime minister one day.

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