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Israeli police appoint first Palestinian Muslim deputy commissioner

AFP , Wednesday 13 Apr 2016
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Israeli occupation police said Wednesday it has appointed its first Muslim Arab deputy commissioner, who will head efforts to boost policing in Arab Palestinian communities of Israel.

Major General Jamal Hakrush, from Kafr Kanna in northern Israel, joined the force in 1978 and has since climbed the ranks, all the way up to the force's second-highest rank.

Police announced he had taken up his post in a statement.

Palestinians in Israel, who were not expelled after the creation of Israel in 1948, face heavy discrimination, particularly related to jobs and housing.

Arab Palestinians account for around 17.5 percent of Israel's eight million population.

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