Arab crime family sends police death threats (JERUSALEM POST) By YAAKOV LAPPIN 04/24/12)
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Twenty-four hours after police in central Israel moved in to clear a
complex under the control of an alleged powerful Arab crime family,
two senior officers involved in the operation received telephone
death threats on Tuesday.
Taibe police chief Dep.-Cmdr. David Pilo and a second officer whose
identity is being withheld had their lives threatened by members of
the Abd Al-Khader family in Taibe, police said.
The unnamed officer received a threatening call to his personal cell
phone, a police spokeswoman added.
Police from the central district´s elite Central Unit arrested nine
members of the Abd Al-Khader family and brought them in for
questioning The alleged death threats came a day after dozens of
officers from the Taibe police station and Border Police officers
under the command of Pilo raided the Taibe complex.
Ten private CCTV cameras installed on premises, which filmed public
areas, were removed in the raid.
Bulldozers also demolished roadblocks and waste piles set up in the
area, which blocked public roads.
"The Abd Al-Khader family is heavily involved in the crime world in
the area," a police source said.
The raid is part of a new police initiative to establish its presence
in Arab Israeli areas, which are plagued by gun violence and crime.
Arab Israeli officials and community leaders have demanded that
police enforce the law in their communities.
Police have stepped up arms raids in Arab towns, seizing 250 firearms
In a recent interview with The Jerusalem Post, central police
district head Cmdr. Bentsi Sao said he identified a dramatic change
in the approach to police from the Arab Israeli public. "They are
calling for us to make our presence felt in Arab areas," he said. (©
1995-2011, The Jerusalem Post 04/24/12)
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