Jaffa's New Normal: Checkpoints, Stun Grenades and Police Brutality

The toll of the Gaza war and riots in mixed cities on Israeli Arabs: There is no official police curfew in Jaffa, but for Arab residents it’s the de facto routine. Testimonies provide a glimpse of life in the Jewish-Arab part of Tel Aviv as its residents hide at home

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Police patrolling during a protest at Jaffa's Gan Hashnayim, Tuesday.
Police patrolling during a protest at Jaffa's Gan Hashnayim, Tuesday.Credit: Ofer Vaknin

The stun grenades that were thrown into the yards of homes in Jaffa on recent nights didn’t make the main headlines on the TV news reports, didn’t receive attention from politicians and were not reported in the international media. One could say that compared to the riots in other mixed cities in Israel, such as Lod, Jaffa now looks calm. Even quiet.