The use of emergency powers by Israel, caused by the ethnic violence over a new surge in Israel-Palestinian tensions, is the first time such measures have been used on the country’s Arab community since the military administration over Israel’s Arabs ended in 1966.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared a state of emergency in Lod, a mixed Arab-Jewish city that has recently seen widespread and violent rioting.
The prime minister’s office announced the decision upon a special meeting of the nation’s top security and legal officials. Amir Ohana, the police minister, has confirmed that he would use his authority to carry out the orders.
According to the statement, Netanyahu called on law enforcement officials to ensure the restoration of public order and strengthen the ground forces as soon as possible.
Alongside Netanyahu at the meeting were Ohana, Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz, Police Commissioner Kobi Shabtai, National Security Adviser Meir Ben-Shabbat, and Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit.
Local media and eyewitnesses reported that the country’s police conducted an emergency evacuation of the city’s Jewish residents amid violent unrest and clashes between Arabs and Israelis. According to videos shared on social media, shootings have erupted in the city.
This news comes after Lod Mayor Yair Revivo asked Netanyahu to declare a state of emergency in the central israel city as local authorities have “lost control” over the situation. He also…