Jewish Man Killed in Israel Riots by Stones Thrown at Him

A resident of the Israeli city of Lod on Monday succumbed to wounds sustained after his car was pelted with stones during riots the week before, Israeli media reported.

Yigal Yehoshua, 56, was seriously injured in the night between May 11-12 when hit in the head by a stone during riots in the city south of Tel Aviv, according to Ynet. Haaretz reported he was declared brain-dead at Shamir Medical Center on Monday and leaves behind a wife and two children. No arrests have yet been made in connection to Yehoshua's death.

News outlets Ynet and Mako identified Yehoshua as the first Jewish fatality amid a wave of communal violence between Arabs and Jews in Israel.

Yehoshua's death followed that of 32-year-old Moussa Hassouna, an Israeli Arab man who was shot dead during protests in Lod on May 10, according to Haaretz. Police suspected he was hit by one bullet fired by a Jewish resident from dozens of meters away. Hassouna is survived by his wife and three children, Haaretz reported.

Haaretz reported young Arabs in Lod said Yehoshua's death was "blood vengeance" in retribution for Hassouna's killing.

Four Lod residents were arrested over Hassouna's shooting, but were released on Thursday. The city's Magistrate Court rejected a police request to keep the men under house arrest.

According to Haaretz, the four suspects said they acted in self-defense as some Arab men attempted to harm them. Police suspect at least one of the men aimed his gun at the group of Arabs.

Israeli Public Security Minister Amir Ohana on Wednesday called the Jewish men's arrests "terrible," claiming they acted in self-defense and that "law-abiding citizens carrying weapons" help authorities achieve "the immediate neutralization of threat and danger."

Lod has been mired in unrest amid escalating tensions between Israel and the Palestinians.Hostilities spread following Israeli attempts to evict Palestinians from their homes in Sheikh Jarrah, a neighborhood in East Jerusalem.

Israel faces increased scrutiny following Saturday's airstrike of a building in Gaza housing the bureaus of several news outlets, such as the Associated Press and Al Jazeera.

Israeli authorities have defended their move, saying the building was used by Hamas and that media workers were given ample evacuation time.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday indicated Israel would share evidence of Hamas' presence in the building with the U.S. through intelligence channels. On Monday, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said he was not yet presented with any evidence to justify the strike."

Israeli forces stand guard in Lod
Israeli forces stand guard in a street in the mixed Jewish-Arab city of Lod on May 13, 2021, during clashes between Israeli far-right extremists and Arab-Israelis. AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP via Getty Images