Hamas militants continued their barrage of rocket fire at Israel on Tuesday, and the violence escalated in the streets to the point that the mayor of one Israeli town called for help and likened the attacks to the Nazi pogrom against German Jews, declaring: "This is Kristallnacht."
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The mayor of the central Israeli city of Lod called for the nation's prime minister to declare a state of emergency amid attacks by "Islamists," The Times of Israel reported.
"This is Kristallnacht in Lod," said Mayor Yair Revivo. "I have called on the prime minister to declare a state of emergency in Lod. To call in the [Israel Defense Forces]. To impose a curfew. To restore quiet… There is a failure of governance… This is a giant incident — an Intifada of Arab Israelis. All the work we have done here for years [on coexistence] has gone down the drain."
Revivo went on to say:
"All of Israel should know, this is a complete loss of control… This is unthinkable. Synagogues are being burned. Hundreds of cars set alight. Hundreds of Arab thugs are roaming the streets… Civil war has erupted in Lod… The Orthodox-nationalist community here has guns. I'm imploring them to go back home but they understandably want to protect their homes. Petrol bombs are being thrown into [Jewish] homes. The situation is incendiary."
The New York Post reported that Hamas fired 130 rockets Tuesday just at the city of Tel Aviv alone — which has a population of nearly half a million people.
Video posted online shows Israel's Iron Dome defense system intercepting the rockets. Newsmax foreign correspondant Alex Salvi tweeted of the footage, "Imagine the carnage if these ≈150 rockets landed in Tel Aviv (population of 450,000)."
But Israel has been fighting back. The IDF announced Tuesday that they "killed the commander of the Hamas anti-tank missile unit, Iyad Fathi Faik Sharir," who "was in charge of carrying out anti-tank missile attacks on Israel."
The IDF added, "Our aircraft are currently striking additional terror targets in Gaza."
Reuters reported that over the past two days, 30 Palestinians (including children) and three Israelis (all women) have been killed in the attacks from both sides.
Meanwhile, the escalation overseas has poured over into the U.S. Videos circulated online Tuesday afternoon showing fights breaking out in New York City between pro-Israel and pro-Palestine protesters over the conflict.