Dozens of Israeli activists staged a demonstration Monday afternoon in the northern Arab village of Ara outside the home belonging to the parents of Nashat Melhem, the terrorist who carried out a deadly shooting attack on New Year’s Day.

As demonstrators waved the Israeli flag, the Arab residents blocked the road leading to Melhem’s home. Police reinforcements were stationed at the scene to ensure the maintenance of public order. However, violent Arab riots broke out and Arabs began to hurl rocks. Two were eventually arrested.

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Melhem opened fire on the popular Dizengoff street in Tel Aviv in January 2016 killing Alon Bakal, 26, who was the manager of the Simta bar at which the terror attack took place, Shimon Ruimi, 30, from Ofakim, and Amin Shaban, a taxi driver.

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Right-wing activist and lawyer, Itamar Ben-Gvir, explained the reasoning behind the protest. “We are going to the home of the parents of the terrorist to say to whoever supported him and gave him assistance that the time has come to stop this lawlessness,” said Ben-Gvir. “The State of Israel cannot tolerate all kinds of disloyal elements, especially such as those who assist and support a terrorist and his criminal acts of murder.”

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