Commissioner: “I demanded a minimum sentence of one year in prison for weapons holders”

The fight against violence in Arab society: Since the beginning of the year, 4,732 suspects have been arrested for possession of weapons and firearms, of which about 92% are Israeli Arabs. In addition, more than 120 submachine guns, 430 pistols, 400 rifles of various types and thousands of other means such as ammunition, grenades, weapons parts and explosives were seized in the settlements of Arab society this year. The data was revealed last night (Thursday) by the Commissioner of Police, Chief of Staff Kobi Shabtai, during a meeting with Tel Aviv Heart Station police.

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“I demanded a minimum law (punishment) of one year in prison and a NIS 60,000 fine for anyone who possesses illegal weapons, and we are in the right direction on the issue of legislation,” the commissioner said during the meeting. According to the data he presented, this year there was a 22% increase in the number of cases opened for weapons possession offenses – 3,542 between January and September 2021 compared to 2,852 cases in the corresponding period last year. At the same time, the commissioner said, there is a 32% increase in the number of indictments filed on the subject and a 30% increase in the number of arrests by the end of the proceedings.

Commissioner of Police Saturn together with police officers from the Tel Aviv Heart Station | Photo: Police Spokeswoman

In the general company, 1,148 cases have been opened since the beginning of the year due to extortion (protection) offenses, an increase of about 7% compared to last year. The number of indictments on the subject has risen by about 44%, from 167 last year to 241 this year. According to police, this is the largest number of indictments on the subject in the last 5 years. On the other hand, this year there was a 12% decrease in the number of burglary offenses compared to last year. The police also say that the number of burglaries to the apartment has decreased this year by about 8% and a total of about 50% in the last five years – 5,553 cases by September this year compared to more than 12,000 cases by September 2016.


Commissioner demanded minimum sentence year prison weapons holders

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