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Police minister to Arab MKs: IDF won’t be involved in crackdown on crime

Public Security Minister Omer Barlev attends a Labor party faction meeting at the Knesset on October 4, 2021. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)
Public Security Minister Omer Barlev attends a Labor party faction meeting at the Knesset on October 4, 2021. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

Public Security Minister Omer Barlev meets with Arab lawmakers to reassure them the government does not intend to use controversial counterterrorism measures to crack down on crime in the Arab community, according to Army Radio.

Barlev tells MKs Ahmad Tibi and Osama Saadi there will be no use of administrative detention or involvement of the Israel Defense Forces in the effort to reduce violent crime in Arab Israeli towns and cities.

Media reports on Sunday said Israel Police Commissioner Kobi Shabtai is personally pushing to allow the use of controversial, far-reaching measures used only by the Shin Bet security service to stem crime.

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