zondag 20 december 2009

Die pet past ons allemaal

Ook in Israel wil men dat de politiemacht een afspiegeling van de bevolking is.
Een goed plan, dat Arabieren niet alleen laat bijdragen aan de staat, maar ook aan hun eigen gemeenschap. De vrijwillige nationale dienst geeft hen ook de voordelen die Israeli's die in het leger hebben gediend al genieten, waarmee er een einde kan komen aan wat soms een verkapte discriminatie van niet-Joden in Israel is. Arabieren hebben in tegenstelling tot Joden geen dienstplicht, en hoewel zij wel mogen dienen, doen de meesten dat niet.

Israel plans to recruit hundreds of new Arab police officers
By Amos Harel, Haaretz Correspondent
Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch plans to recruit hundreds of new Arab police officers, who would serve as a way of doing national service. Ministry sources say the plan has the support of Arab mayors and council heads, though for now they are keeping a low profile on the matter.

Starting January 25, a few dozen police will be recruited under a pilot project, some of whom will be doing national service. If all goes well, after a few months, the numbers would increase significantly. For now the ministry will pay for the project out of its own budget.

Two weeks ago, Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi said the solution for draft dodging was to require national service for everyone. Ashkenazi proposed that the Israel Defense Forces choose the people it wants out of the entire population; the rest would be sent to a wide variety of national service activities including policing and firefighting. Ashkenazi said this should apply to the entire population, and residents of the largely Arab Wadi Ara region could serve in the local fire station.

Senior officials in the Public Security Ministry told Haaretz that Aharonovitch's plan is at an advanced stage; the intention is to enlist Muslim and Christian Arabs alongside the many Beduin, Druze and Circassian officers who serve today.

"Even mayors in the Arab sector now understand that the entire population must contribute to the state," said a ministry official. "If not in the army, then in the police, or in education, welfare or health care. It can be people acting within the local community and on its behalf."

The new plan also fits with the ministry's efforts to reduce crime and improve police operations in Arab towns, many of which have high crime levels. One goal is to open police stations in municipalities that request them.

There are about 3,000 minority police officers, about 20 percent of whom are serving as career professionals in the Border Police, not as part of their compulsory military service.

The police will open preparatory classes for the new Arab recruits, many of whose Hebrew-language skills do not meet police acceptance requirements. Classes will be opened in Acre, Carmiel, Pek'in and in the Negev.

A ministry team is expected to finish its work in the next few weeks; it will submit proposals on how to absorb the new officers and where to assign them, both for the short and long term. The new officers will be placed with the traffic police, prison service and Magen David Adom ambulance service.

After completing their service, the new police officers will receive the same benefits offered to newly released soldiers, including preference in university acceptance, housing, loans and the grants provided to demobilized soldiers.

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