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Crimes of Violence Increase

January 3, 1972
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A rise in crimes of violence in Israel during the past year was reported by Prisons Commissioner, Aryeh Nir. He told the Jerusalem Journalists Association Friday that while crime did not increase in absolute numbers, the nature of crimes has changed. Instead of simple burglaries there has been an upsurge in daylight robberies accompanied by violence. The robbers sometimes will kill, he said, as demonstrated in several recent bank hold-ups. According to Nir, the more serious nature of crime here stems from a breakdown of values among Israeli youth. He said the importance of the family unit should be one of the subjects emphasized in school.

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