Benjamin Netanyahu has declared a state of emergency in the central city of Lod as police accused Arab residents of waging ‘wide-scale riots’.
The Israeli Prime Minister’s statement came after an Israeli Arab was killed there the previous night as violence soared between Israel and the Palestinian territories.
Netanyahu himself is understood to have gone to the city, which is in the suburbs of economic hub Tel Aviv near the Ben Gurion airport, to call for calm.
Mayor Yair Revivo had ramped up the drama by declaring ‘civil war has erupted’, the military should be deployed and compared it to Kristallnacht under the Nazis.
The city of 77,000 people, including 47,000 Jewish Israelis and 23,000 Arab Israelis, had been the scene of violent clashes on Monday, local police confirmed.
But on Tuesday night, as protests multiplied across East Jerusalem, the occupied West Bank and also Israeli Arab cities, the situation spiralled in Lod.
The police said: ‘Wide-scale riots erupted by some of the Arab residents and endangering communities. Vehicle were burnt and damage caused to property.’
The government said reinforcements had been deployed to Lod after Israeli media reported three synagogues and several businesses were set on fire.
The police added: ‘Sixteen border police platoons (have been) mobilised in areas in order to deal with the violence.’
There were also violent scenes in Israeli Arab areas including Acre, Wadi Ara and Jisr A-Zarqa, where eight people were arrested, police said.
Weeks of tensions boiled over when Israeli riot police clashed with crowds of Palestinians at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque, on the last Friday of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
Nightly clashes since then at the compound, which is holy to both Muslims and Jews, and elsewhere in east Jerusalem have left at least 700 Palestinians injured.
On Tuesday Palestinian militants Hamas and the Israeli army traded their heaviest fire for several years, with rockets fired at Tel Aviv after an Israeli strike destroyed a tower block in Gaza.
Police in Lod on Tuesday fired tear gas and stun grenades after mourners threw rocks at officers during the funeral of an Arab man allegedly shot dead by a Jewish resident the night before.
Thousands took part in the funeral, and police said the crowd set fire to a patrol car, a bus and a motorcycle. Two police officers were injured.
Mayor Revivo said earlier on Tuesday he had asked Mr Netanyahu to declare a state-of-emergency in the state in central Israel.
Mr Revivo said the clashes were ‘too big for the police’ and called for the military to be deployed.
‘This is Kristallnacht in Lod,’ he said, in reference to the pogrom against Germany Jews carried out by Nazi Germany in 1938.
‘I have called on the prime minister to declare a state of emergency in Lod. To call in the IDF. To impose a curfew. To restore quiet… There is a failure of governance…
‘This is a giant incident — an Intifada of Arab Israelis. All the work we have done here for years [on coexistence] has gone down the drain.’
‘All of Israel should know, this is a complete loss of control… This is unthinkable. Synagogues are being burned. Hundreds of cars set alight. Hundreds of Arab thugs are roaming the streets…
‘Civil war has erupted in Lod… The Orthodox-nationalist community here has guns. I’m imploring them to go back home but they understandably want to protect their homes. Petrol bombs are being thrown into [Jewish] homes. The situation is incendiary.’
The mayor also claimed Israelis were leaving their homes with guns out of fear for their lives and Islamists were allegedly inciting the city’s youths.
‘We haven’t done anything to you,’ he pleaded, as he begged for calm in the city.
‘Every minute, a car or a synagogue or a school is going up in flames… Our new city hall was broken into and set alight.
‘You don’t understand what’s happening here. This is worse than the missiles from Gaza,’ Revivo said.
He said ‘there’s been nothing like this in the history of Israel,’ according to The Times of Israel.
The shooting early on Tuesday in Lod came at a time of heightened tensions following weeks of unrest at a contested holy site in Jerusalem and heavy fighting between Israel and Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip.
The fighting has spilled over into Israel’s Arab sector, with protests taking place in dozens of communities across the country.
Thousands of people took part in the funeral in Lod. Israeli police have arrested three people suspected of involvement in the shooting.
Man Executed Publicly In Yemen After Murdering His 3 Daughters [Pics]
A dad has been publicly executed after being found guilty of murdering his three daughters.
Ali Abdullah al-Noami left his three daughters Rahaf, 7, Raghad, 12, and Malak, 14, to drown in a water tank after a row with his wife.
Along with two other convicted child-killers – Abdullah Ali al-Mukahali, 38, and Mohammed Abdullah Arman, 33 – the forty-year-old was led out into Tahrir Square in the centre of Yemen’s constitutional capital Sana’a and made to kneel on a red carpet.
An executioner wielding a Kalashnikov AK-47 assault rifle then shot all three men in the back in full view of a large crowd of spectators, some of whom were filming the executions on their mobile phones and video cameras.
Abdullah Ali al-Mukahali and Mohammed Abdullah Arman had been convicted of raping and killing an eight-year-old boy named Mohammed al-Haddad.
Current laws in Yemen allow the death penalty for a wide range of crimes including murder, kidnapping, rape, adultery, homosexuality, and a number of religious offences.
After the three men were shot, a medic quickly checked each body to ensure that they were all dead.
All three bodies were wrapped in white body bags, which soldiers in camouflage uniforms then carried away.
It was the first public execution in the city since August 2018, when three men convicted of raping and killing a child were shot, and then had their bodies displayed hanging from a crane.
While many countries retain the death penalty, most notably China which executes more of its convicts than the rest of the world put together, only a handful carry out public executions.
North Korea and Somalia have been known to publicly execute convicts, along with a handful of Arab counties including Iran, Syria, Saudi Arabia, and Hamas-held regions of Palestine.
Yemen currently has two rival governments, one based in Sana’a under the control of Iranian-backed Houthi rebels and a second one controlled from Aden.
There has been tension between Yemen’s northern and southern territories for generations but the current split dates from 2017.
Joe Biden picks Israel, Mexico, NATO ambassadors
President Joe Biden on Tuesday announced his nominees to be ambassadors to Israel, Mexico and NATO, as he moves to strengthen U.S. alliances in tough regions.
Among a slate of names announced by the White House on Tuesday were Thomas Nides, a Morgan Stanley (MS.N) vice-chairman who served as a deputy secretary of state under former president Barack Obama, to serve as the ambassador to Israel.
The close U.S. ally is welcoming a new government after Israel’s parliament ended Benjamin Netanyahu’s 12-year run as prime minister on Sunday.
Biden also picked Ken Salazar, a former U.S. senator from Colorado and interior secretary, as his ambassador to Mexico. The country is one of the United States’ biggest trading partners and the Biden administration is working to manage immigration across the U.S.-Mexican border.
He also chose security expert Julianne Smith to represent the United States on the Council of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, a key Western bulwark against Russia.
Biden and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin are set to meet in Geneva on Wednesday at a time of increased tensions between the two powers.
The White House also said Biden picked C. B. “Sully” Sullenberger to be an ambassador and serve as the U.S. representative on the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization.
Sullenberger rose to fame in 2009 after gliding his Airbus A320 to a safe landing on the Hudson River after hitting a flock of geese shortly after takeoff, in what became known as the “Miracle on the Hudson.” He also joined Biden on the campaign trail when he was running for president.
Biden also named his ambassador picks to Sri Lanka, the Gambia, Guinea, Paraguay and Costa Rica.
Zambia President Edgar Lungu Collapses After ‘Sudden Dizziness’
Zambia President Edgar Lungu Collapses After ‘sudden Dizziness’
Zambia President Edgar Lungu collapsed in the capital, Lusaka, during a national defence day event on Sunday, local media reported.
Shortly after, Secretary to the Cabinet, Dr Simon Miti, issued a statement to reporters and the State TV, assuring the local public and the international community that President Lungu “is well and has continued to discharge his duties”.
Zambia President Edgar Lungu Collapses After ‘sudden Dizziness’
Dr Miti disclosed that during the observation of the 45th Defence Force Day Commemoration and Investiture Ceremony, the President experienced “sudden dizziness” but recovered immediately.
Mr Lungu is said to have walked to his own to his car and returned to State House.
The Zambian leader had a similar experience in 2015, caused by what the Presidency said was an “oesophagus condition”.
The four-hour defence day ceremony took place at Lusaka’s Freedom Statute on Independence Avenue where the Defence Forces showcased their military prowess.
President Lungu used the event to conduct an investiture ceremony to honour gallant men and women in uniform.
Zambia is preparing for a General Election set for August 12.
President Lungu ascended to power in a by-election necessitated by Michael Sata’s death in 2014
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