CM – Israeli-Arab mobs set fire to synagogues, religious schools and cars

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Local residents accused the police of being ineffective as hundreds protested all night over the Hamas rocket fire in Israel.

In the mixed Arab-Jewish town of Lod there was violent Arab rioting on Monday evening Launch of around 200 rockets by Hamas on the last day to support southern and central Israel.

Meir Layush, a city activist, described the night’s events in an online post as « war » and criticized the authorities for causing it they didn’t respond properly.

When Arabs tried to break into a Jewish neighborhood, he wrote, « The police didn’t come for many long minutes. Residents were forced to shoot in the air in front of a crowd that didn’t care until they shot them and wounded two of the rioters. Whole families barricade themselves in their homes and don’t know what to do. « 

 » Stun grenades are not enough. You have to put the police on the lower body give the command « open fire ». Anyone who gets upset with the aim of hurting someone else should die, period, « he said.

Other residents in the neighborhood told Mako website that they felt that their lives were in real danger from the stone throwing mob and that they had to defend themselves as it took the police 45 minutes to arrive.

An anonymous Jewish resident quoted in a Channel 20 report gave a reason for the authorities’ inaction. « Hundreds of calls to the police and fire department without success, » she wrote. « Because the police are busy at many hotspots and the fire brigade does not come without the police presence because they are pelted with stones. They only come when everything is out of control and we feel like we are in the Wild West. » She described a protest called “a violent demonstration in support of Gaza with men, women and children waving Palestinian flags. To be very clear, these are not just young hotheads. In the best case scenario, burning tires, and in the worst case scenario, cars and more. « 

The » worst « thing was the setting on fire of a police station, a newly built museum, synagogues, a Jewish elementary school and a premilitary academy, all of which were badly damaged. In the pre-military academy, a Torah scroll was burned along with holy books at every religious site.

The residents went from synagogue to synagogue overnight to bring their Torah scrolls home to protect them from being destroyed by being turned to ashes by the mobs, she added, « like in the very dark days » of Jewish history.

In a short video clip of a man bringing a large scroll to safety, a young woman is heard saying: « It’s just a surreal, crazy scene in the neighborhood. »

Arabs in many other parts of the country also blocked roads, burned tires and threw stones, bottles and fireworks at police forces, while Israelis, mostly from Ashkelon, headed south sirens suffered after siren warnings before the incident fire from the Gaza Strip.

In one of the most serious incidents on Channel 12, rioters besieged a police force tation in Segev Shalom, a Bedouin town southeast of Beer Sheba, was under siege for hours and threatened the lives of the trapped officers before they were finally dispersed.

In another case, several men blocked a driver’s car at an intersection of Route 6 in South, forcibly removed them from the vehicle and then set it on fire.

In total, only 31 were arrested for their actions, the report said. The leader of the religious Zionist party, Betzalel Smotrich, heavily criticized the police and called the situation « Sodom and Gomorrah ».

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