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Arab rock attacks on Jews are not just something that happens in Judea and Samaria. Sadly, wherever Jews and Arabs live side by side, the phenomenon is an ongoing one.

One such attack took place in Akko (Acre), on Friday evening after the start of the Shabbat (Sabbath).

Akko resident Hagit Amaeyev told Arutz Sheva the story – one of routine Arab violence against Jews that you are unlikely to read anywhere outside of Arutz Sheva.

Unprovoked, a group of Arab youths threw rocks at the Amayevs' house, and one broke the window pane. A piece of glass broke and fell, just centimeters from Hagit's head. She had been resting of a sofa in the living room after the Shabbat meal.

"I heard a loud 'boom',” she said. "I lifted my head and saw the window broken.”

The pane, she said, was very thick, and the rock must have been a heavy one, in order to break it, although they were unable to locate the rock.

G-d is watching over us

Amayev, who was born and raised in Akko, said that she sees living in the mixed city as a mission. Most of the residents in her neighborhood are not Jewish, she added, and “it looks like a dump,” but she and her family live in their own “bubble” at home.

After the Sabbath, her husband filed a police complaint. But she is skeptical. “What will they do now? Whom will they catch?”

Her neighbours told her that they, too, have suffered similar attacks, but they do not complain to the police because they do not think anything can be done to prevent the next attack.

Amayev said that her children told her and her husband that they are tired of living in such an atmosphere and asked if the family could leave for another location. She told them, she said, that “G-d is watching over us. You saw that no one was hurt... You saw that even when they threw a rock at us, the rock disappeared and the glass did not shatter. No one will move us from our home.”

The mixed city of Akko has seen its share of hostilities between Jews and Arabs. In 2008, tensions boiled over after an Arab driver sped through a crowded street in a predominantly Jewish neighbourhood on the night of Yom Kippur, the holiest day on the Jewish calendar. Riots broke out which lasted several days as rival gangs clashed until Israeli police were able to reassert control.