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Rivlin calls on Arab leaders to speak out against violence in Israeli towns

Police officers clash with Arab Israeli rioters in Ramle in central Israel, on May 10, 2021.(Yossi Aloni/Flash90)
Police officers clash with Arab Israeli rioters in Ramle in central Israel, on May 10, 2021.(Yossi Aloni/Flash90)

President Reuven Rivlin says he spoke with Modar Younis, chairman of the committee of Arab municipal chiefs, and passed on a “sharp message” in the wake of overnight riots in Lod, Ramle and a number of other localities.

“These sights must not be repeated. We must not be held captive by the murderous terrorists from Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad who shoot at Israeli citizens indiscriminately,” Rivlin says.

“The people of Israel, Jews as well as Arabs, need to hear the Arab leadership speak in a clear and decisive voice against the rampant violence, against the attack on synagogues, against this wild rampage,” Rivlin says.

“The police will do whatever it takes to restore the peace,” the president says in a tweet. “I ask for the cooperation of the Arab leadership in order to restore calm and law and order to the streets.”

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