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Minister pans police chief’s ‘outrageous’ remark about ‘terrorists from both sides’

Minister of Public Security Amir Ohana at the annual Jerusalem Conference of the 'Besheva' group in Jerusalem, on March 15, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Minister of Public Security Amir Ohana at the annual Jerusalem Conference of the 'Besheva' group in Jerusalem, on March 15, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Public Security Minister Amir Ohana (Likud) slams Police Commissioner Kobi Shabtai for vowing to prosecute “terrorists from both sides” in the recent Jewish-Arab riots in mixed cities.

In a tweet, Ohana says it is an “outrageous remark by the commissioner that shouldn’t have been made.”

“To deal with the problem, one must acknowledge it: Arab rioters attacked Jews, police officers, synagogues,” he says. “The policy is to deal aggressively with the terrorist rioters. There is no moral equivalence and there never was.

“Yes, the few who attacked Arabs will also be dealt with severely. But it’s a long way from that to saying ‘both sides.'”

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