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Israeli police names first Muslim lieutenant-general

Source : Xinhuanet
Jerusalem | 16 Jun 2011

In the latest round of appointments, Israeli Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch, has approved the first promotion of an Israeli-Arab to the rank of lieutenant-general.

Jamal Hakrush, acting head of the Coast (Hof) Police district, will receive his new rank this week, making him the first Israeli- Arab and Muslim in Israel to be promoted to the position.

"He is an experienced officer who has worked well for the community," Israel Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told Xinhua on Wednesday, "and we are proud to have him working with us."

Hakrush will be promoted to the post of deputy head of Traffic Police, along with other 11 new lieutenant commanders.

It is not uncommon for Israeli-Druze citizens to join the army and the police. However, the number of Israeli-Arabs, Christian or Muslim, who work for the security and defense forces is relatively small.


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