JERUSALEM (Aug. 7)
Violent crime in Israel is continuing to increase, according to police files. During the first six months of this year, police had recorded 127,005 reported crimes, an increase of 8.8 percent compared to the same period last year.
There were 120 rape cases, compared to 113 last year; 239 robberies, compared to 236 in 1983; and 802 arson cases, compared to 693 last year. There were 133 murders this year compared to 114 last year. Twenty-one percent of the crimes occurred in the central region, the area between Haifa and Jerusalem.