Call to Fire Israeli Police Chief for Shooting Arab Motorist

Published May 12th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Israeli Arab leaders are demanding the dismissal of Northern Region police chief Alik Ron, after he shot and wounded an Arab motorist during a car chase Thursday after he tried to run down a policeman, the Jerusalem Post reported Friday.  

The incident is now the subject of an inquiry by the Justice Ministry's Police Investigation Unit (PIU), the daily added.  

The motorist, Abed Hamid, 20, of Kafr Manda near Nazareth, was hit in the shoulder by one of Ron's bullets and was taken to Haifa's Rambam Hospital, where he is in good condition.  

Hamid, who is suspected of driving in a manner that endangered other motorists, trying to run down a policeman, and refusing repeated police demands to stop, was remanded in his absence for four days by Nazareth Magistrate's Court, the daily said.  

According to the daily, Ron caused a stir nearly two weeks ago when he publicly criticized some Israeli Arab council heads for leading what he described as a growing wave of extremism in the Israeli Arab sector.  

Mohammed Zeidan, chairman of the Supreme Monitoring Committee of the Israeli Arab leadership, accused Ron of racism.  

"The person who fired [Ron] should reach the appropriate conclusions [and resign]. We will ask the internal security minister to dismiss Ron immediately," Zeidan was quoted by the daily as saying, after an emergency meeting of the committee in Kafr Manda.  

Internal Security Minister Shlomo Ben-Ami told the Jerusalem Post that the PIU would conduct a thorough inquiry into the incident and its recommendations would be implemented.  

Ron, however, told the daily that he rejected "with disgust" efforts "by certain elements" to garner political capital by trying to link a criminal incident with other unrelated issues - Albawaba.com 

© 2000 Al Bawaba (www.albawaba.com)

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