Meanwhile, a restaurant in the city of Acre was destroyed in an arson attack, and in Jaffa, also close to Tel Aviv, police used stun grenades to disperse protesters. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared a state of emergency in Lod, after reports emerged on Tuesday of Arabs setting fire to a synagogue and Jews stoning a car that was being driven by an Arab resident.
Lod Mayor Yair Revivo lamented to Israel’s Channel 12 News: “We have lost control of the city and the streets.”
Garbage bins, knocked over and set ablaze, could be seen nearby.
Security officials said they had reassigned 16 border police companies to Lod from the occupied West Bank to deal with the violence.
Police arrested dozens of people overnight in Lod as well as in majority-Arab towns in central and northern Israel, including Umm al-Fahm along the West Bank border and Jisr al-Zarqa along the Mediterranean coast.
The town’s mayor, Samir Mahamid, said: “We condemn that our people’s solidarity and cohesion with our brethren in Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip is being channelled through acts of sabotage to public and private property, as is now happening at Umm al-Fahm’s entrance.”
Israeli media reported Uri Buri, a popular Jewish-owned fish restaurant in the mixed coastal city of Acre, had been set ablaze. Footage aired by Channel 12 showed the restaurant’s exterior blacked and burned, and its windows smashed.
In Jaffa, near Tel Aviv, Arab protesters clashed with police firing stun grenades to disperse them.
Clashes at Al-Aqsa on Monday morning were the immediate backdrop to the tension in Arab towns and surge in fighting between Israel and Hamas, which has left at least 35 people in Gaza, and at least five in Israel dead.
Israel launched dozens of airstrikes in Gaza on Tuesday and overnight into Wednesday, and Palestinian militants fired hundreds of rockets from Gaza into Israel.
This is a developing story, more to follow…