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Police unable to stem violence in mixed Israeli cities

The Shin Bet has been called in to reinforce Israeli police as they struggle to control the riots in Arab and mixed Jewish-Arab cities.
YOSSI ZAMIR/AFP via Getty Images

The High Follow-up Committee for Arab citizens of Israel is calling for a general strike tomorrow in Arab towns and communities over the conflict at Al-Aqsa Mosque and violence by settlers in mixed cities. Members of the Committee met yesterday with residents of Jaffa and Lod to hear their feelings and concerns.

The meeting came as tensions continue to rise in Jewish-Arab mixed cities for a second week. Last week, clashes and tensions in east Jerusalem during Ramadan, painful photos from the Al-Aqsa Mosque showing Israeli police bursting into the mosque, violent protests across Jerusalem and the ongoing battle over the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood have created an explosive situation with Hamas firing rockets toward Jerusalem. And while Israel rained airstrikes on Hamas in the Gaza Strip, an internal battle has developed between Arab residents and their Jewish neighbors in mixed cities such as Lod, Jaffa and Ramle.

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