ISRAEL IN CHAOS: Riots, Violence In Multiple Cities – Attempted Lynching of Jew in Akko and Arab in Bat Yam

A truck burns at the entrance of the mixed Jewish-Arab city of Lod, where a state of emergency has been declared following civil unrest, on May 12, 2021. - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared a state of emergency in Lod, where police said "wide-scale riots erupted among some of the Arab residents", and authorities later imposed an overnight curfew there. (Photo by Ahmad GHARABLI / AFP)

Jewish-Arab violence and riots have erupted in numerous cities that have a mixed population of Arabs and Jews across Israel. The violence comes at the end of the month of Ramadan and amid the escalated tensions between Israel and Hamas and the Islamic Jihad in Gaza.

In Akko, a mob of Arab rioters attacked a Jewish man in his 30s and severely injured him.  The incident took place near Egged Square in the city and left the man in critical condition. Magen David Adom teams transported the man to the Galilee Medical Center in Nahariya and intubated and sedated him.

According to a statement by the police, the man had been attacked while he was in his car and was beaten with rocks and sticks.

Violence erupted once again in the city of Lod and a man was shot and seriously injured. He was evacuated by a Magen David ambulance which was attacked by a large crowd and stoned, causing the windshield to crack. The man was taken to Assaf HaRofeh Hospital for treatment.

A police officer was injured during a protest that turned violent in the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Tzur Bahar.

In Tevaria, an Arab driver was attacked by Jewish protesters in the city. Police intervened to protect the Arab man who was injured in the altercation and required medical treatment.

In Bat Yam, Jewish protesters marched down main streets, smashing Arab-owned businesses and attacking passersby. One motorcyclist was grabbed in the middle of the street and beaten while the incident was filmed on live television. According to some reports in the Israeli media, the man was Jewish and mistaken for an Arab. According to media reports four of the alleged attackers were arrested while chanting “death to Arabs” and “may your village burn.”

Sephardi Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef, appealed to the public for restraint in response to the violence:

“Innocent Israeli citizens are being attacked by terrorist organizations, the blood is indeed hot and our hearts are outraged; the scenes are difficult to watch. However, we must not be dragged into provocations and to hurting people or harming property.

According to the Torah, there is no permission to take the law into one’s hands and act violently. The work of restoring order must be left to the police. We must be a light unto the nations, and not, G-d forbid, the opposite.”

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.

Protests were also reported by the police in Kfar Qassem, Netanya, Taibe, Olga, and Jisr az-Zarqa.

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  1. There is no reason why Arab will burn synagogues, cars, throw rocks at Jews and we won’t defend ourselves. Police is of no help. Jews should fight back and Arabs should be afraid of touching even a single hair on the head of a Jew.

  2. A jewish soul doing such stuff? Hashem yirachem! I’ve heard of a radical muslim doing such stuff (not all muslims are radical) but a jewish neshamah?!! what a chillul hashem

  3. @Jewishkid the stereotype of a good frum jew being a nerdy, out of shape, pacifistic little sheep who can’t or won’t stand up for himself is not a Torah value. Our patriarchs and forefathers were all fierce and mighty warriors. The entire Shevet of Gad was renowned by the Torah for their violent battlefield abilities to decapitate and dismember enemies with a single powerful swipe of the sword. Don’t look at a portly, aging and frail rosh yeshiva as the ideal when it comes to self defense. Most don’t know the first thing about self defense, but they all know the halacha of haba lehorgecha, hashkem lehorgo. Sometimes a show of force is the best deterrent. When the police fails to come and protect you and your family, that responsibility falls on you alone. Will you be ready to do that, or will you submit to your enemy and let your family get lynched b/c of your “oy a pure little Jewish neshamala” stereotype that is based on nothing?

  4. Elazar valk I disagree…fighting back? I hope u don’t mean like what those extremist did to that arab… if yes…DEFINITELY NOT! that’s not what a jew does and besides that arab was innocent he did nothing just like all those innocent jews who were attacked when they were littearly just driving by…but defending yourself your family other ppl and property 100% yes…in other words stay at home but make sure you have your gun ready and loaded for your and your familys safety and let the police and military take control of those radicals and the terrorists.

  5. * The victims of Arab pogroms, 1921, 1929 were mostly anti-Zionist pious Jews.

    * The targets of racist Arabs in TokTok Terror April-2021, where 50 Arabs were arrested in a widespread range attack trend, was ultra-orthodox, Haredim, who by in large choise not to serve in Israeli army.

    May-2021: The gap — between the Arab leadership that has not yet fully condemned the widespread racist Arab violence within Israel and the leadership in Israel, including the right wingers (Smotritz, Ben Gvir and others) who strongly condemn non-Arab violence — is screaming to the skies.