Israeli police look to appoint first Muslim deputy commissioner


In an unprecedented move, the Israeli police force is expected to appoint a Muslim deputy commissioner. He is to head a special police branch focusing on problems facing the crime-plagued Arab sector.

The branch is expected to be headed by Jamal Hakrush, today the deputy head for the coastal district and a Muslim from Kafr Kana, an Arab town north of Nazareth. He previously served as the deputy head of the traffic police.

Deputy commissioner is the second-highest rank in the Israeli police force and is typically held by a district commander or head of a police branch.

There has been no official police announcement of the promotion, which was first reported Thursday, though police sources confirmed to journalists that the move is expected as early as next week.    (The Jerusalem Post)

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