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Israel's 'mixed' Jewish-Arab cities pay price of conflict

Amid the deadly escalation, tempers have flared and mob attacks have sparked warnings of a "civil war" in Israel.

May 19, 2021 / 11:58 AM IST
A person stands by his burning car during clashes with Israeli Arabs and police in the Israeli mixed city of Lod on May 11,2021 (Image: AP Photo/Heidi Levine)

A person stands by his burning car during clashes with Israeli Arabs and police in the Israeli mixed city of Lod on May 11,2021 (Image: AP Photo/Heidi Levine)

For years, Jews and Arabs have lived together in the central Israeli city of Lod. Last week everything fell apart, leaving a man dead, a synagogue torched and neighbours facing off in hatred.

Intra-communal violence has flared in Israel as unrest has spiralled into a conflict in which the Islamist group Hamas has fired rockets from Gaza, and Israel has launched air strikes.

Amid the deadly escalation, tempers have flared and mob attacks have sparked warnings of a "civil war".

In Lod, an industrial city near Tel Aviv with drab rows of grey homes with barred windows, 40 percent of the population is Arab, and tensions have exploded into violence.