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A car is set on fire during clashes between Arab and Jews in Acre, northern Israel, May 12, 2021. Photo by Roni Ofer/Flash90

Arab rioting during Gaza conflict exposes long-simmering issues in Israeli mixed cities

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The rioting and violence that took place in mixed Jewish-Arab cities during the 11-day Gaza conflict in May has unsettled many Israelis and exposed long-simmering problems in these communities, such as high rates of...
Israeli-Arab rioters overturned display cabinets, threw rocks at windows, destroyed merchandise from local vendors and spilled an unknown substance on the floor of Jewish National Fund-USA’s (JNF-USA) Western Galilee Tourist Information Center. Credit: JNF-USA.

Arab rioters in Israel damage tourism center in Akko’s multicultural Old City

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Jewish National Fund-USA’s (JNF-USA) Western Galilee Tourist Information Center sustained significant damage overnight after it was ransacked by rioters in Israel’s northern city of Akko. The center, in the heart of Akko’s Old City, has...
Israel's President Reuven Rivlin at the “Haaretz” conference in Jerusalem on Oct. 30, 2019. Credit: Mark Neiman/GPO.

‘We must remember that we are one country‘

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My fellow citizens of Israel: I am very concerned about the difficult scenes we are witnessing on the streets. I call and plead with all leaders, citizens, parents—do everything in your power to stop...
Sephardi Chief Rabbi of Israel Yitzhak Yosef speaks during a Shas Party election rally at the Yazdim synagogue in Jerusalem on Feb. 29, 2020. Photo by Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90.

Israeli leaders condemn communal violence across towns, cities in Jewish state

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Israeli political leaders condemned communal Arab-Jewish violence raging across Israeli cities and communities on Wednesday, and called for calm. “What is happening in Israel’s cities over the past few days is unacceptable,” Israeli Prime Minister...
Mansour Abbas, head of the Ra'am Party, meets with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin at the President's Residence in Jerusalem on April 5, 2021. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Will an Arab political party prove ‘kingmaker’ in Israeli elections?

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Israel remains in a political deadlock as both right-wing and left-wing blocs remain unable to form parliamentary majorities, and similarly cannot find formulas to create a unity government. The situation is creating an opportunity...
Israeli Knesset member Mansour Abbas (left) and Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas. Credits: Knesset and kremlin.ru.

Mansour Abbas, Mahmoud Abbas and the ‘Abraham Effect’

Israel’s March 2021 parliamentary elections and those scheduled for the Palestinian Authority on May 22, 2021, in the West Bank have focused international attention on two Arab leaders: Mansour Abbas, leader of Israel’s United...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses supporters on election night at Likud Party headquarters in Jerusalem, March 23, 2021. Photo by Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90.

Israel still can’t make up its mind about Netanyahu

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When the first exit polls were published, it seemed as if the long stalemate had been ended. Within a couple of hours, however, the polls had been revised, and by the end of a...
French President Emmanuel Macron visits the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City on Jan. 22, 2020. Photo by Shlomi Cohen/Flash90.

Israeli Arabs protest against French president over Muhammad cartoons

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Around 200 Israeli Arabs gathered in Jaffa on Saturday outside the residence of France’s ambassador to Israel to protest against French President Emmanuel Macron’s statement that France would not ban cartoons of the prophet...
The flags of the U.S., United Arab Emirates, Israel and Bahrain are screened on the walls of Jerusalem's Old City, on September 15, 2020. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

Israeli Arabs remain divided over normalization deals with Gulf states

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The Joint Arab List was alone in voting against the normalization deal with the United Arab Emirates in the Knesset, upsetting many Israeli Arabs that welcomed a move that is likely to become a...
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin speaks during a press conference at the President's Residence in Jerusalem on Feb. 16, 2020. Photo by Flash90.

Israeli leaders bid Muslims happy Eid al-Fitr, praise joint handling of pandemic

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Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and other prominent figures took to social media this weekend to extend greetings to Israel’s Muslims in honor of Eid al-Fitr, the holiday that marks the end of the month...