Israel declares curfew in a violent Arab Jewish town

Israel, Lord — Jews clean up Torah scrolls from the torch synagogue on Wednesday and suffer from violence accused by the president of being “unforgivable” by Arabs furious in the airstrikes in Gaza, mixed-ethnic Israel Burnt-out cars lined up on the street near the town of Israel.

Police declared a curfew and deployed heavily armed reinforcements to combat further violence at Rod, which was also seen as Jewish assault on Arab passers-by.

In some other areas of Israel, home to 21% of the Arab minorities, the Palestinian flag adorned utility poles, with hundreds of inhabitants protesting and sometimes clashing with police and Jewish inhabitants.

“We have lost control of the city and streets,” Mayor Yair Levibo told Channel 12 News after a nightly conflict in which Arab townspeople were shot dead and two Jewish suspects were arrested.

Police said many others were arrested in Arab towns in central and northern Israel, including Umm al-Fah on the west bank of the Jordan River and Jisul al-Zarqa on the Mediterranean coast.

In Lod, a man carried a scroll of Torah through a black, debris-studded garden of torched synagogues. President Reuven Rivlin described the event in terms of recalling anti-Semitism abroad.

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On May 12, 2021, a fierce conflict between Israeli Arab demonstrators and police in the city of Road, Israel, amid fierce tensions over hostilities between Israeli and Gaza militants and tensions in Jerusalem. A man walking in a synagogue that was lit when it happened. (Ronen Zvulun / Reuters)

“The sight of Rod’s pogrom and the nationwide mayhem of instigated and bloodthirsty Arab mobs … is unacceptable,” he said, “a brutal attack on a shared existence” by protesters flying the Palestinian flag. I called it.

The Arab minority of Israel (Palestinians by heritage, Israelis by citizenship) is a descendant of the Palestinians who lived primarily under the Ottoman Empire and subsequent British colonial rule, after the founding of Israel in 1948. I stayed in Israel.

Mostly bilingual in Arabic and Hebrew, they feel a sense of intimacy with the Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip. They often complain about systematic discrimination and unfair access to housing, health care and educational services.

Tensions in the Arab Jewish town have increased as Israeli bombings in Gaza and Palestinian militants launch rockets at Israel in the wake of intensified violence since the clash in East Jerusalem on Monday morning.

“What is happening now is riots in cities such as Ramuru, Rod, Jaffa, Acre and Haifa,” said Ibrahim, an Arab councilor of the Arab municipality, calling for events in Gaza and Jerusalem. It was. “Red line” for Arabs.

In the coastal city of Acre, a Jewish-owned fish restaurant, Uriburi, caught fire and some Arabs said they were afraid to leave their homes.

A Palestinian boy passed by the remains of a tower building destroyed by an Israeli airstrike on May 12, 2021, as Israeli and Palestinian violence reignited in the city of Gaza. (Suhaib Salem / Reuters)

In Jaffa, near Tel Aviv, Arab protesters clashed with police and fired stun grenades to disperse them.

“We find that the solidarity and unity of the people of Jerusalem and the brothers of the Gaza Strip is directed to public and private property through sabotage, as is now happening at the entrance to Umm al-Fah. I blame you, “said Mayor Umm Samil Mahamid. Alfarm.

Areas with Arab residents, including Lod and Jaffa, were one of the areas where rocket fires caused sirens. According to Israeli officials, an Arab resident of Rod and his daughter were killed in a rocket crash on Wednesday, according to Israeli officials.

In Haifa and Jaffa, and in the Arab city of Nazareth, protesters have slogans in favor of Palestinians facing evictions from the East Jerusalem district under long-term proceedings.

The Arab citizens of Israel were one of the thousands of protesters who recently confronted the Israeli police near the Al-Aqsa Mosque and elsewhere in the Old City of Jerusalem.

A spokesman for the Hamas Islamic extremist group in Gaza encouraged Arab citizens to “stand up” against “our enemies and your enemies.”

By Rami Ayyub and Ronen Zvulun