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Israelis are losing trust in the police

The trust that Israelis have in law enforcement is showing signs of sharp decline, with the police receiving the lowest marks of all the various state agencies.
Israelis protesters, some of Ethiopian decent, take part in a demonstration against police brutality, following the death of an Israeli Ethiopian community member, Yehuda Biadga, in Tel Aviv, Israel January 30, 2019. REUTERS/Ammar Awad - RC11639E9D10
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Are problematic actions and questionable methods sometimes used when conducting investigations the real reasons why more and more Israelis are showing a lack of trust in the police? Or is it the incessant barrage of complaints by politicians that the police are doing everything they can to bring down Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu? Regardless, it is certainly worth noting that data released by Haifa University in December 2018 showed that the level of public trust in the police is the lowest it has been since 2013.

The police have come under intense criticism in the past few years over the way they have handled all sorts of issues, such as their dealings with Israelis of Ethiopian origins. In June, the country was in an uproar when a young Ethiopian Israeli named Solomon Tekah was killed by a police officer. Protests over the way the police treat the Ethiopian community have started again over the last few days.

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