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Mayhem in Arab Towns Continues; 100 Arrested

Hundreds rioted in Tamra, Nazareth and Jerusalem. Police expect violence to continue into the night.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 7/6/2014, 9:56 PM

Shuafat riots.
Shuafat riots.
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Rioting in Israel's Arab towns continued into Sunday evening, in the fifth straight day of mayhem sparked by the murder of Muhammad Abu Khder, 16, of Shuafat.

"Since the events began, more than 100 suspects have been arrested,” said Police Commissioner Lt. Gen. Yohanan Danino Sunday.

"We still have no completed the arrests, and we are still going strong,” Danino added, as he visited residents and police forces in Sderot. “We have not yet completed the wave of arrests. We will not let up, we will also arrest people who were involved in throwing rocks and firebombs several days ago. Soo, we will reach their homes and arrest them. There is no place for incitement and rioting, and we will not allow them, certainly not in days like these.”

In Tamra, in the Galilee, hundreds of residents hurled rocks and fireworks at security forces who worked hard to prevent them from blocking Highway 70. Eleven rioters were arrested Sunday.

In Nazareth, about 100 rioted, and large police forces kept them in check.

In Jerusalem, a group of Arab Muslims threw rocks at Jews who toured the Temple Mount, and then found refuge inside the Al Aqsa Mosque.

On Saturday, there was extensive rioting in Taibe, Tira and Kalansawa in central Israel, as well as Umm El-Fahm and Ar'ara in the north.

Danino called on leaders of the public to do all they can to restore an atmosphere of calm. 

Ironically, while Israeli Arab rioting tends to target infrastructure and institutions that symbolize Israeli sovereignty, the people who suffer from the vandalism tend to be local residents themselves. In the wake of the violence and destruction, Jews are expected to stay away from the Arab towns for months on end, in a de facto economic boycott that may have devastating consequences for the towns' economies.