Lod: Suspected Arab Hate Crime Against Jews as Vehicles Set Ablaze in City

Photo by Lod Fire Department

By Aryeh Savir/TPS • 24 December 2020

At least six cars and trucks were set on fire in the center of the city of Lod on Wednesday night, a suspected hate crime perpetrated by Arabs against Jews.

The arsons occurred mainly in the Jewish Ganei Aviv neighborhood in the Jewish-Arab city.

Lod’s Mayor Yair Revivo demanded that the Shin Bet security service launch an investigation into the arson while stating that he would persist with his “stubborn, determined and uncompromising struggle in everything related to law enforcement and order” in Lod.

“This is a nationalist hate attack following the city’s increased law enforcement,” Revivo stated.

Tensions in Lod have intensified in recent years following the municipality’s determined activity against the illegal construction in the Arab sector and the demolition of tens of illegal structures.

Similarly, following a spike in crime and repeated shooting incidents, the municipality has taken strict measures against Arab families in the city involved in shooting incidents and organized crime.

Shooting incidents occur almost on a daily basis in the city, mostly turf wars between rival Arab clans and gangs.

The municipality announced its targeting of Arab crime families, including stopping all municipal service, demolishing illegal structures, imposing heavy fines, disconnecting pirate connections to water and electricity, and “taking determined and uncompromising steps until these families are removed from the city,” the Lod Municipality stated Thursday.

“We will continue to pursue a determined and stringent policy, enforcing planning and building laws, to emphasize clear messages of the rule of law and order as a proper city operating solely in accordance with the law,” Revivo declared.

He demanded that the police increase their presence throughout the city.“City residents should not live in fear due to the incidents of violence and disturbances in the Arab sector in the city, which are one of the main causes of negative migration from the city,” he added.

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