Israel’s ‘mixed’ cities: Palestinians and Jews struggle to rebuild trust

26th May, 2021

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Israeli Border Police force members patrol near the entrances to the Arab-Jewish town of Lod, Israel May 13, 2021. (Reuters Photo)


The main streets of Jaffa are eerily quiet, unusual for a Saturday in the central mixed Arab-Jewish city, which has officially been part of Tel Aviv since October 1949. It’s been less than two days since a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas came into effect, and so far the truce has held: No rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel, and the Israeli military hasn’t launched any airstrikes on the Hamas-ruled territory — one of the most densely populated places on Earth.

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