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Israel’s New Challenge: Violence Among Its Own Citizens

Israeli police patrol during clashes in Lod on Wednesday. HEIDI LEVINE/ASSOCIATED PRESS

Israel’s New Challenge: Violence Among Its Own Citizens

Arab and Jewish Israelis are increasingly clashing with one another; ‘an existential threat’

LOD, Israel—Rockets fired by Hamas flew into Israel throughout the week, slamming into towns like Lod and Bat Yam. Another complicated challenge is coming from within, with neighbor turning against neighbor in an escalation of communal violence that Israel’s Arab and Jewish citizens haven’t seen for decades.

On Tuesday night, hundreds of residents of Lod, a city near the country’s main airport, came out waving Palestinian flags and set fire to cars, apartments inhabited by Jews and a synagogue in a mixed neighborhood. Israel’s…

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