Photo Credit: Hadas Parush / Flash 90
Arab rioters clash with Israeli Border Guard police in a Jerusalem neighborhood, July 2, 2014

An Israeli police officer was injured Sunday night in a massive stoning attack in the town of Hilif, in the Basmat Tiv’on local council district.

Basmat Tiv’on is a Bedouin town in northern Israel with a population of approximately 8,000 residents.

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A mob of some 300 people had gathered and started rioting, hurling boulders and cinder blocks; but the officers who were patrolling the usually-quiet community apparently never saw it coming.

The police officer who was injured was hurt while he was in his vehicle on patrol. He came under a hail of stones that also damaged several other patrol vehicles as well as his own.

The officer received initial medical treatment at the scene and then was evacuated to a nearby hospital for further medical care.

The high school in the local council of the same name is known for its multi-lingual, multi-cultural and multi-religious curriculum, hosting Arab students who are Muslim and Christian as well as Jewish students from nearby Kiryat Tiv’on. It’s well known for its high standards and its welcoming environment — or at least, it was.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.

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