Arab community calls for probe after 35 hurt by police in protest

Officials in Israel’s Arab community are criticizing the police and calling to open an investigation, following a clash at a protest against the spread of organized crime in the Arab Israeli city of Umm al-Fahm on Friday that left dozens wounded.

At least 35 demonstrators, including an Arab mayor and a parliamentarian, were wounded after police fired rubber-coated bullets, tear gas, stun grenades, and water cannons as they clashed with hundreds of demonstrators in Umm al-Fahm, who were protesting law enforcement’s alleged unwillingness to fight a rising tide of violence in Arab cities and towns.

Officials from Umm al-Fahm’s municipality and from the High Follow-Up Committee for Arab Citizens of Israel decided in the meeting Saturday that next Friday protests will continue, and stated that an “inquiry commission must be established immediately,” the Walla news site reports.