Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas agreed on a ceasefire two weeks ago, ending the Israeli military offensive in Gaza. Israel fired rockets from Gaza, but unrest continues in mixed Jewish-Palestinian cities in Israel.
The city of Leeds (Hebrew: Lod) is on the edge. Israeli security forces patrol its streets, in all Israeli cities, a few weeks after the Palestinian protests in the cities, from the southern Nakab (Neg) Desert to Ramla, Jaffa Lid in the center of the country, to the Triangle region to Haifa to Nazareth in the north.
The demonstrators showed solidarity with Palestinian families in the Sheikh Ar Square, who are facing immediate deportation from their homes և և against the Israeli attack on the Al-Aqsa Mosque complex, which injured hundreds of Palestinians.
On the night of May 10, the start of the last fighting between Israel and Hamas, a Palestinian citizen of Israel, Musa Hasuna, was shot dead by an Israeli Jew in Lidd, stirring up a week of violence, and the city was declared a state of emergency.
Clashes broke out between the ruthless Jewish settlers, the “Palestinian citizens of Israel.” The former attacked Palestinian civilians in their homes and streets, while insurgents set fire to patrol cars, mosques and synagogues.
Similar grievances, which have fueled Palestinian citizens’ long-standing grievances over discrimination and lack of opportunities, quickly spread to other parts of the country.
Israeli Palestinians make up about 20 percent of the country’s population and are eligible to vote. But they have suffered from discrimination for a long time, and their communities often suffer from crime, violence, and poverty.
Israeli Institute for Democracy 2018 The report noted the discrepancies between the representation of Palestinian citizens in different communities.
Despite being Israeli citizens, human rights groups have documented dozens of Israeli laws that discriminate against Palestinians on a wide range of issues, including education, housing, political participation, and due process. They are treated as second- and third-class citizens.
Although Israeli Palestinians make up 30 percent of Leiden’s population, only 14 percent of city officials are Palestinians, only four of whom are on the 19-member city council.
Four introductions state that the city has not had an Israeli Palestinian citizen as deputy mayor for four decades.
For years, Palestinians in Leeds have complained about institutional racism, which promotes marginalization and poverty.