Thousands of Arab Israelis held protests and observed a general strike in response to a wave of deadly violence within their communities, demanding police action to stem it. Following a call by Arab leaders, schools and businesses in Arab towns closed up. Out of solidarity, the newly elected Arab lawmakers of the Knesset skipped the official swearing-in ceremony. Organizers claim Israeli police largely ignore the violence in their minority communities, everything from family feuds and mafia turf wars to domestic violence and so-called honor killings.
Israel is quietly allowing Palestinians to enter from the Gaza Strip to conduct business and work jobs as part of an unofficial, Egyptian-brokered truce with Hamas, the ruling terror group. In an effort to minimize rocket fire from the blockaded territory, and to reduce the number of protests along the border, Israel has recently offered various forms of relief.