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Israeli Arabs Strike Amid Tension in Bedouin Community

The Times of Israel reports: The Israeli Arab community launched a nationwide general strike on Thursday in protest of the home demolitions the state carried out in the unrecognized Bedouin village of Umm al-Hiran a day earlier.

The move followed the deadly outcome of clashes surrounding the demolition, after a resident of the village ran his car into police, killing officer Erez Levi, 34, and wounding another before being shot dead by other officers.

Police charged that the driver, identified as local schoolteacher Yaqoub Mousa Abu al-Qia’an, carried out a deliberate terror attack, while residents insisted he was not in control of his vehicle when it accelerated into Levi.

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