JERUSALEM (VINnews) — Arab hooligans rioted late Monday night in the city of Lod, burning cars, shuls, police vans and public buildings. The rioters also waved Palestinian flags, uprooted road signs and attacked Jewish neighborhoods. At one point the Arabs tried to enter the Chashmonaim Jewish neighborhood. Despite frantic requests from residents, police did not show up and the hooligans continued to advance until residents shot in the air. Despite this the attackers did not withdraw and after endangering lives of residents, one of them was shot dead and two others injured and taken to Assaf Harofeh hospital.
To add insult to injury, tens of Arab rioters came to the hospital with the wounded men and started attacking medical staff there, calling on Arab members not to continue to work in an Israeli institution. They also threw stones, broke equipment and cursed the staff, who were forced to withdraw patients into an inner room in order to treat them.
Police arrested a 34-year-old Israeli on suspicion of being involved in the shooting of the Arabs, angering local residents who said that police had not reported arresting the hooligans who caused so much damage and attacked Jews.
Hadar Miller, a Lod mother of 4, said that “we in Lod and Ramle have gone through a very difficult night. This is explosive terror which we are facing and the entire government is silent. Shuls and Talmud Torahs are set on fire in a manner reminiscent of Kristallnacht. Israel cannot continue to countenance such a situation.”
Scenes from school and yeshiva in Lod set on fire by Arab hooligans
Religious Zionism leader Betzalel Smotrich said in response the violence and the arrest of a Jewish resident that “we have become like Sedom and Amora. The Arab residents of Lod initiate a Kristallnacht against Jewish residents, the police hardly offers a response, citizens are forced to protect themselves and then police arrest a resident in front of his children. This is a total loss of moral control on the part of police and the prosecutors. I will deal with and will not let the state treat the victim as the aggressor. The right to self-protection is the minimum that a normal state should allow its citizens and every hooligan must know that he will be held accountable.”
MK Itamar Ben-Gvir added that police should immediately release the shooter and he should be awarded a medal of valor. He added: “Government of Israel: we are at war, it’s time to fight and to eradicate terror.”