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Israeli imam charged with inciting violence

Yusuf Albaz allegedly called for police to be killed during May's unrest in the city of Lod.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with members of the Israeli border police in the central city of Lod, near Tel Aviv, on May 13, 2021, a day after Israeli far-right groups clashed with security forces and Arab Israelis.

An Israeli imam was arraigned in court today in relation to communal violence between Jews and Arabs earlier this year. Some rights groups accuse Israeli authorities of disproportionately going after Arab citizens in relation to the violence.

Yusuf Albaz, from the central city of Lod, was charged on Thursday with inciting violence against police and issuing threats against Lod’s deputy mayor, Yossi Harush.

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