Israeli Arabs Strike Amid Tension in Bedouin Community

Israeli forces demolish a house during an Israeli army operation in the West Bank city of Hebron on October 8, 2010. Two Hamas militants, whom Israel said were behind an attack which left four settlers dead, were killed by Israeli troops in the southern West Bank overnight. AFP PHOTO / …

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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