Dragged from the car and left in agony on the ground: the “lynching” of a man accused of being Palestinian
The Israeli public broadcaster yesterday broadcast live on television a brutal attack by Israeli right-wing extremists against a man they had identified as Palestinian. The “lynching”, as it was defined by the broadcaster Kan, took place on the Bat Yam waterfront, near Tel Aviv, one of the centers where groups of Israeli nationalists took to the streets last night in response to the protests of the Palestinians of the previous days. The violence in Israeli cities, the most intense since the time of the second Intifada that began more than 20 years ago, has been accompanied by the military escalation between Israel and Gaza, that fromlast Monday 10 May led to the deaths of more than 80 Palestinians and seven Israelis.
After weeks of clashes in Jerusalem with Israeli law enforcement and Jews, in recent days Palestinian protests have also spread to centers such as Lod, where the authorities have declared a state of emergency. Following the violence, in which synagogues, shops and cars were burned, Israeli nationalists last night held marches in the northern cities of Tiberias and Acre, in Lod itself and in Bat Yam, where they were filmed vandalizing shops belonging to Palestinians. Israelis in the chorus of “To death the Arabs”, in the absence of police.
In images shot by Kan’s crew, a group of Israeli nationalists are shown dragging a man they identify as Palestinian from their car, repeatedly hitting him while on the ground, with some shouting to “lynch him”. At one point a man hits his body with a pole that appears to be carrying the Israeli flag.
“We are watching a lynching in real time,” says journalist Daniel Elazar in Hebrew, according to the JTA news agency. “There are no cops here.” “I don’t think we should show it,” says the host.
Protesters claim to have reacted to the man’s attempt to overwhelm them with his car. From what the movie and other testimonials published on social instead the driver seems to be trying to avoid the protesters who crowd around his vehicle, ending up colliding with other cars before being joined by the crowd.
The man remained motionless on the ground for about 15 minutes, before the arrival of police and rescuers. In a statement, the Ichilov hospital in Tel Aviv stated that “the victim of the lynching” was seriously injured but in stable condition.
The incident aroused the unanimous indignation of Israeli politics. “You cannot do justice for yourself,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, calling on Palestinians and Israelis to stop the violence. Earlier, during a visit to Lod, Netanyahu had asked to restore order “with an iron fist” if necessary.
Four hundred arrests
Police said they arrested nearly 400 people yesterday for the violence, in which a Jew was beaten in Acre while a Palestinian was shot in Lod, where another 33-year-old Palestinian was shot on Monday. he had been killed by a shot. Yesterday, Minister of Public Security Amir Ohana called for the release of the Jew suspected of Monday’s killing, arguing that the arrested man acted in “self-defense” and that “law-abiding civilians carrying weapons can help authority “.
After transferring several contingents previously stationed in the West Bank to Lod, the Israeli government today recalled 10 border police reservist companies to send as reinforcements to the cities affected by the clashes.
Victims are increasing in Gaza
According to the Gaza Ministry of Health, 83 Palestinians, 17 of them children, have so far died in the conflict that began last Monday with Israel, the worst since the 2014 war, compared to 487 injured. In Israel there are so far seven victims of rockets launched by Hamas, the Islamic movement that has controlled the strip since 2007. The raids, hundreds of them since the offensive, have led to the deaths of several leading Hamas figures and the destruction of many residential buildings. According to the Israeli military, Hamas has so far launched nearly 1,400 rockets at Israel, of which 264 have landed in inhabited areas.
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