(Photo: AP / Sebastian Scheiner)

(Photo: AP / Sebastian Scheiner)

The Associated Press - April 13, 2016

Originally appeared here in Haaretz

Israel has promoted an Israeli Arab police officer to deputy commissioner, making him the highest-ranking Muslim to serve in the force.

Gamal Hakroosh is being promoted at a time when Israel is battling a seven month-long wave of Palestinian attacks, though that violence has ebbed in recent weeks. It has nevertheless strained already tense relations between Jews and Israel's Arab minority.

The 59-year-old Hakroosh will oversee the policing of Arab communities, where residents view the Israeli police with suspicion. Read More