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Israeli candidates treat violence in Arab towns as niche problem

Instead of treating the rise of violence in Arab society as a national problem, Prime Minister Yair Lapid and opposition head Benjamin Netanyahu are only making Arab Israelis promises to remedy the situation.

Walid Shahab, 14, was pronounced dead Oct. 18 after being shot Oct. 14 outside a pizzeria in the village of Jisr az-Zarqa in the north of Israel. It was the second murder in that village in a week. Jalal Amash, 17, was gunned down in the village Oct. 10. The Abraham Initiatives, a nongovernmental organization that promotes equal rights between Jews and Arabs, documented 92 Arab civilians in Israel who have lost their lives to the wave of violent crime in the sector since the beginning of the year.

Too many Arab children have been killed, whether intentionally as targets, or as the victims of stray bullets, simply because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time. Many Arab Israeli parents are not allowing their children to play outside the house or go alone to the store.

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