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Israel in chaos: Lynchings in Acre, Bat Yam; right-wing riots in Tiberias

CM 12/05/2021

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Jewish-Arab violence and riots erupted across the country on Wednesday amid the ongoing fighting between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip. A Jewish citizen in his 30s was in critical condition after he was attacked by a mob of Arab demonstrators near Egged Square in the city of Acre. Police said he was attacked in his car by Arab Israeli protesters armed with sticks and stones.

Magen David Adom staff evacuated him to the Galilee Medical Center in Nahariya unconscious, in serious condition and suffering from a head injury.

Senior MDA medic, Firas Reis, said that “We were near the area when we saw the wounded man lying unconscious and suffering from a bleeding head injury. We immediately began life-saving medical treatment that included bandaging and breath support and evacuated him in stable condition for further treatment at the hospital.” In another incident, in the Tel Aviv suburb of Bat Yam, Jewish extremists marched down main streets, smashing Arab-owned businesses and attacking passersby. One motorcyclist – identified as an Arab – was grabbed in the middle of the street and beaten on live television. Four of the alleged attackers were arrested while chanting “death to Arabs” and “may your village burn.”

Independent journalist Aviya Schatz reportedly warned police beforehand of the expected riot, which was seemingly organized on WhatsApp groups. 
“We warned of threats of death and violence, we sent them to all media channels and filed a police complaint. Didn’t help. They’re in the streets,” Schatz wrote in a tweet, accompanied by a video of rioters.
Police seen on the streets of the central Israeli city of Lod, where violence erupted this week between Jews and Arabs. (Yossi Aloni/Flash90)Police seen on the streets of the central Israeli city of Lod, where violence erupted this week between Jews and Arabs. (Yossi Aloni/Flash90)
Bat Yam Mayor Tzvika Brot said of the riots that “The acts were organized by provocateurs who came from outside the city. This is not our way.”
Kan News reported that a Jewish man in his 30s was lynched by protesters who mistook him for an Arab. He was evacuated to the hospital and his condition is classified as serious, but stable.

Sephardi Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef, one of Israel’s two chief rabbis, appealed for restraint in response to the violence, saying “We must not be dragged into provocations and inflicting harm on people or property.” “The Torah of Israel grants no license for taking the law into one’s hands and acting violently,” he added.

In Haifa, a 26-year-old man was injured after being run over by a car near the demonstrations in the city. He was evacuated to Rambam Medical Center in the city in light-to-moderate condition. The 20-year-old driver fled the scene, but was apprehended and detained by police.

On Hagiborim Street in Haifa, a Molotov cocktail was thrown at a police car, setting fire to the vehicle. No injuries were reported.

Right wing extremist rioters were also seen in Tiberias and Lod, and more are expected to show up in other cities with a largely mixed Arab and Jewish population.

The Tiberias municipality released a statement condemning the riots, saying that “We ask everyone to stop the practice of unnecessary demonstrations that do not contribute anything. These demonstrations can cause unnecessary harm to people and even be life threatening.”
“It’s time to calm down and help the people of the south as much as possible,” the statement added.

Due to the severe violence seen in Lod on Monday and Tuesday, the Border Police established a task force headquarters in the city on Wednesday, with a force of some 500 Border Police personnel, including tactical border police, detectives, investigators and other law enforcement personnel.

Posts on social media by settler activists stated that at least 30 Jewish youths from the Yitzhar region in the Samaria district of the West Bank traveled to Lod on Tuesday night and engaged in clashes with Arab rioters.

Source: Jerusalem Post

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