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Jewish-Arab violence rolls through cities like wildfire, with police overwhelmed

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13.05.2021

Israel on Wednesday experienced its worst night of internal Jewish-Arab chaos for many years, amid the ongoing armed conflict with Gaza, as scenes of unrest, rioting, hate rallies and growing social chaos spread throughout numerous cities, some of which were once seen as symbols of coexistence.

Violent confrontations erupted in Lod, Acre, Jerusalem, Haifa, Bat Yam, Tiberias and many other locations, with multiple people injured, some of them seriously, leading Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to announce he was looking at deploying the military inside towns to restore order.

More than 400 people were arrested.

Perhaps the most shocking scene of the night, and one that elicited expressions of disbelief and horror from Israeli leaders, was footage of hundreds of Jewish extremists in Bat Yam vandalizing Arab property and then assaulting an Arab driver in his car, dragging him out of the vehicle and beating him savagely.

Jewish mobs were seen roaming the streets of Tiberias and Haifa looking for Arabs to assault.

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In Jerusalem, an Arab was stabbed by Jews and seriously injured at the Mahane Yehuda market.

“Death to Arabs” was a mantra heard in many locations of Jewish rallies.

Meanwhile, in Acre, a Jewish man was also assaulted by Arab rioters and hit with rocks and iron bars, and was hospitalized in critical condition.

Arab rioting was reported in Jerusalem, Lod, Haifa, Tamra and elsewhere.

עורכים יקרים,
הבנתי שאתם מדברים המון על בת ים ורק קצת על עכו כי מבת ים יש ויזואליה.
אז ליקטתי עבורכם קטעי וידאו מהלינץ בעכו.
תוכלו לשדר תחת סעיף 27 לחוק זכויות יוצרים pic.twitter.com/ZxtxAfuTtV

— Yossifoon Kaufman (@TheYossifoon) May 12, 2021

עורכים יקרים,
הבנתי שאתם מדברים המון על בת ים ורק קצת על עכו כי מבת ים יש ויזואליה.
אז ליקטתי עבורכם קטעי וידאו מהלינץ בעכו.
תוכלו לשדר תחת סעיף 27 לחוק זכויות יוצרים pic.twitter.com/ZxtxAfuTtV

— Yossifoon Kaufman (@TheYossifoon) May 12, 2021

Despite two previous days of ever-expanding unrest, and a call-up of reinforcements for both police and Border Police, law enforcement once again seemed woefully unequipped to handle the scope of the chaos, and many scenes of violence went ahead with little police interference.

In Lod, which had been at the center of unrest for the two previous nights — with Arab mobs torching synagogues, stores and cars overnight Tuesday-Wednesday — a curfew had been declared between 8 p.m. and 4 a.m. Yet gangs prowled the streets and vandalized unimpeded for hours, with police containing some events but failing to effectively control the crowds. There were reports that two people had been shot and lightly-to-moderately injured, though their identities weren’t immediately clear.

In Tamra, a Jewish man was stabbed and assaulted by an Arab mob, Channel 12 reported, with an Arab paramedic saying the attackers almost burned the man inside his car before he helped evacuate him to safety. A truck burns at the entrance of the Jewish-Arab city of Lod, where a state of emergency has been declared following civil unrest, on May 12, 2021 (Ahmad GHARABLI / AFP)

The key event of the night came when hundreds of extremist Jews, in a rally organized on social media hours prior and explicitly defined ahead of time as having violent intentions, marched along the Bat Yam promenade,........

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