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The Detroit Jewish News, 2003-09-05

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'Week

LINGERING BLAME

from page 20

before the commission published its
860-page report. On Monday, he react-
ed to the report by saying that his
actions had prevented the situation from
getting even worse. "I'm convinced that
the manner in which I dealt with the
crisis was with the best of my discretion
and control," he said from London.
The commission singled out the
then-police commissioner, Yehuda
Wilk, and the commander of the
police's northern district, Alik Ron, as
being unsuitable for the posts they
held. According to the report, the
police's use of weapons to quell the
riots was not cleared through the politi-
cal echelons.
The commission recommended that
one senior police officer and one junior
police officer be discharged from service
due to their behavior in the riots. Only
one officer of those warned during the
commission's inquiry was totally cleared.
The commission also recommended
that the state prosecution proceed with
a criminal investigation of all those
allegedly involved in the fatal shootings.
The three panel commission —
Justice Theodore Orr, Judge Hashem
Khatib and Shimon Shamir — were
unanimous in their recommendations.
They strongly criticized the inflammato-
ry rhetoric of three Arab public figures
that allegedly incited the Arab public to
riot — RaedSalah, leader of the Islamic
Movement and then-mayor of Umm el-
Fahm, where the worst rioting took
place; and Knesset Members Azmi
Beshara and Abdulmalik Dehamshe.
Salah was blamed for having promot-
ed the "delegitimization of the state."
Since Salah no longer holds an official
position — and in fact is now awaiting
trial on charges of sending financial aid
to Hamas — the commission stopped
short of taking any punitive measures
against him. Beshara and Dehamshe
enjoy Knesset immunity.
Aside from the operational recom-
mendations, the commission issued
unprecedented criticism of the attitude
of Israeli governments toward the Arab
population over the years. Police have
developed an internal atmosphere in
which Arab citizens of Israel are per-
ceived as "enemy," the report found.
Israeli President Moshe Katsav said
he expected the report to serve as a
"guideline for Israel's leaders and the
leaders of Israel's Arabs to lead toward
proper relations. Both the Arab and
Jewish sectors should return to a regular
way of life, to look toward the future
and not mar coexistence."
Police Commissioner Shlomo
Aharonishky said the police would study
the report and draw conclusions.

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