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Israeli police reinforce presence in Arab towns of Israel

May 12, 2021 at 10:36 am

Israeli police patrol during an altercation between them and Palestinian protesters on Nablus Street in East Jerusalem on May 10, 2021 in Jerusalem, Israel. [Laurent Van Der Stockt/Getty Images]

The Israeli police announced on Tuesday it was reinforcing its presence in Arab towns in Israel to crack down on the protests organised in solidarity with the Gaza Strip, Quds Press reported.

According to Israeli media, the Israeli police detained 180 Arab citizens from those who took part in the protests in solidarity with Gaza or those who took part in the protests in Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah.

In a tweet, the Israeli police wrote that eight new brigades from the border police were called up to face off riots across the country.

“These forces moved at night and detained more than 100 rioters,” the police said. Later, the number rose to 180, Israeli media reported.

Israeli police will face any attempt to destabilise the order in Israel, the police tweet added.

Arabs make up 20 per cent of residents in Israel and they are the descendants of 154,000 Palestinians who survived ethnic cleansing during the Nakba in 1948. They are suffering the worst forms of marginalisation and racism.

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