My Israel called on “armed military veterans,” “owners of armored vehicles” and “graduates of combat officers courses” to join forces.Ultranationalist mobs made good on their threats as they raided cities, destroying Palestinian-owned businesses, marking Palestinian homes and attacking Palestinian citizens in the streets over the last week.
Deaths and injuries
Palestinian citizens of Israel have been protesting in the streets in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza and the occupied West Bank.
There have been reports of Palestinians torching a synagogue in Lydd and attacking Israelis, including police and soldiers.
On Monday, 56-year-old Yigal Yehoshua, a Jewish man, died of a head injury he reportedly received when a brick was thrown at his car during unrest by Palestinians in Lydd the previous Tuesday.
The city’s imam, Sheikh Yusef al-Bazz, reportedly said Yehoshua was attacked by Jewish Israelis who mistook him for an Arab.
It remains unclear who caused Yehoshua’s fatal injury.
The night before Yehoshua was injured, Moussa Hassouna, a Palestinian citizen of Israel, was shot dead by Jewish residents in Lydd, who claimed “self-defense,” according to The Times of Israel.
The newspaper said an initial investigation indicated “Hassouna was standing dozens of meters away from the Jewish suspects when he was shot.”
Israeli authorities arrested and then released four Jewish suspects.
And in Jaffa, a 12-year-old Palestinian boy suffered serious burns when his family’s home was firebombed. His 10-year old sister also suffered less serious injuries in the attack.
Security cameras reportedly showed two hooded men in a nearby alleyway before the attack.
Police have arrested an Arab suspect. But according to Haaretz, the children’s father has “a hard time believing that the person who attacked his family was Arab, and that he was misidentified by police.”
This is because the family’s home was decorated with crescents for Ramadan – though the lights on the decorations were not working.
In a 15 May speech, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on Jews and Palestinian citizens of Israel to refrain from violence. But his language reflected the systematic racism of the Israeli state.
“We will not allow our Jewish citizens to be lynched or to live in fear of murderous Arab gangs,” Netanyahu declared, while merely admonishing Jewish citizens not to “take the law into their own hands and attack innocent Arabs, or lynch an innocent Arab.”
Minimizing the scale of Israeli Jewish violence, Netanyahu claimed that “there was one such case.”
Adalah said Netanyahu “continues to emphasize that Israeli police, employing brutal violence against Palestinian citizens, will receive full political backing for their actions.”
Palestinian citizens of Israel are the survivors and their descendants of the Nakba, the ethnic cleansing of Palestine by Zionist militias before and after Israel was created in 1948.
Unlike millions of Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip, they have some civic rights, like the right to vote. But they face entrenched discrimination enshrined in dozens of laws.
“The rule of law has no value as far as Palestinians are concerned” throughout historic Palestine, Adalah added.
B’Tselem stated earlier this year that “Jewish supremacy” is Israel’s “single organizing principle.”
“Palestinian citizens, collectively, are afraid for their lives,” the High Follow-Up Committee for Arab Citizens of Israel stated Sunday in a call for the international community to intervene to help protect them from “both state and private actors.”