Dozens of Palestinians from Umm al-Fahm and the Wadi Ara region took to the streets on Friday, July 21, 2023, in a protest against the escalating crime rates within the Palestinian community in the 1948-occupied lands.
The protest commenced following Friday prayers, gathering in the city’s bustling market square before proceeding towards the newly established police center.
The demonstrators voiced their anger at the Israeli police’s perceived failure to effectively combat the rising issue.
In addition, participants aimed to draw attention to the pressing need for a stronger response from the Israeli occupation authorities to address the surge in crime.
Alarming figures reveal that the number of murder victims within the Palestinian community in 1948-occupied lands has reached an unprecedented 121 since the beginning of the year.
This stark contrast to the past two years, during which 109 individuals lost their lives to violence in 2022 and over 111 killings were documented in 2021, raises serious concerns.
The surge in violence has sparked widespread outrage and demands for accountability. Local and national authorities are facing mounting pressure to take immediate action to protect Palestinian residents and restore peace to their communities.
The protest in Umm al-Fahm represents a unified stance against violence and a collective demand for justice, safety, and stability in the Palestinian communities.
The Palestinian community, known as the 1948 Palestinians, constitutes 20 percent of the current population of “Israel”, referring to those who survived the ethnic cleansing carried out by Zionist forces during the Nakba.