September 1, 2014
"The Jerusalem Post" spoke with residents of the city who appeared upset and complained about the lack of security.
Closed school gate in Taibe. (photo credit:Ariel Ben Solomon)
The Israeli Arab city of Taiba went on strike on Monday, keeping schools closed on the opening day of the school year, in solidarity with the high school principal murdered a week ago.
The Jerusalem Post spoke with residents of the city who appeared upset and complained about the lack of security in the city, many putting the blame on the police.
“Youth walk the streets carrying handguns and even large automatic weapons,” said a worker at a local market across from city hall, who did not want to be identified.
“Just the other day a kid shot at the police, and he escaped without being caught,” said the worker, adding that when one calls the police over a burglary, the police fail to act.
A masked gunman shot and killed Yussuf Haj Yahya, the principal of a Taiba high school, a week ago before a horrified group of teachers.
Yahya was speaking to a group of teachers at a meeting in his office when the assailant walked in and shot him several times in the head and chest before fleeing on foot.
Paramedics rushed Yahya in critical condition to Meir Medical Center in Kfar Saba, where he was pronounced dead shortly afterward.
The strike was kept quite strictly, especially when compared to other strikes observed by thePost in other Israeli Arab cities, which were called for more national issues such as Land Day.
But this murder was taken personally by many in the city who did not even know the successful school principal personally.
United Arab List-Ta’al MK Ahmed Tibi criticized the police and told the Post that there is “discrimination against Arabs – both living and dead.”
“If someone would use a weapon against the state, the person would be caught immediately,” argued Tibi. “The police are not solving crimes and this encourages criminals to engage in criminality and murder.”