Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas agreed to end the conflict two weeks ago that lasted 11 days after Israeli strikes in Gaza and rockets fired from Gaza into Israel, but clashes in the mixed Jewish and Palestinian cities in Israel remain.
The city of Lydd (Lod in Hebrew) is nearby. Israeli forces are patrolling the streets, weeks after Palestinian demonstrations took place in towns and cities across Israel – from the Naqab (Negev) in the south to Ramla, Yafa and Lydd inland, in the “Triangle” and head to Haifa and Nazareth north.
The protesters met in solidarity with Palestinian families in Sheikh Jarrah, who are facing evictions from their homes, and in opposition to the Israeli attack on the Al-Aqsa Mosque, which left hundreds of Palestinians injured.
On May 10, the night before the recent Israeli-Hamas war, Mousa Hassouna, a Palestinian citizen of Israel, was shot dead by an Israeli Jew living in Lydd, facing a week-long violence, and the city was laid to rest.
Conflicts between mature Jewish invaders and Palestinian citizens of Israel began; former attackers of Palestinian civilians in their homes and on the streets while terrorists set fire to security vehicles, mosques, synagogues and homes.
Similar protests, exacerbated by complaints of Palestinian citizens due to stigma and discrimination, quickly spread to other parts of the country.
Palestinian citizens in Israel make up 20% of the country’s population and are eligible voters. But they have been persecuted for a long time, and their communities are often exposed to crime, violence and poverty.
A 2018 report from the Israel Democracy Institute noted the differences in the representation of Palestinian citizens in various cities.
Despite being Israeli citizens, human rights groups have enacted a number of Israeli laws that discriminate against Palestinian citizens in many ways, including education, housing, political participation and appropriate procedures. They are treated as second and third citizens.
Although Palestinian citizens in Israel make up 30% of the Lydd population, only 14% of those working in cities and Palestinians, and only four in the city council.
The city has not had an Israeli Palestinian citizen as deputy mayor for 40 years, the report said.
For centuries, residents of Lydd in Palestine have raised concerns about racial prejudice, which has contributed to widespread poverty.