Money, Hope and M16s: The Sinister Ways Arab Israeli Youths Are Lured Into a Life of Crime

Ahmed was only 14 when he swapped school for delivering guns. Alaa became fascinated with rifles while in boarding school. Samer enjoyed the designer clothes and fast cars. They were all convinced to steal and kill to escape a life of poverty

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Deiaa Haj Yahia
Deiaa Haj Yahia

Ahmed sits in a room surrounded by images of violence – drawings of guns on the walls, bullets scattered on the floor and color posters of Bruce Lee, Rambo and wrestlers. It’s a large room that clearly serves as a meeting place; lots of chairs scattered around, a stereo set, empty liquor bottles and signs of light drugs.

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