Israeli Arabs and Jews marched arm-in-arm through central Tel Aviv on Saturday night, calling for the government to stop demolishing Arab homes built without permits that it rarely grants.
An AFP journalist said that around 1,000 protesters took part, many carrying banners in Hebrew and Arabic, reading “Jews and Arabs together”.
Leading the march were opposition lawmakers from the left-wing Meretz party and from the Joint List, a coalition of mainly Arab parties.
Israeli Arabs say that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing government has cracked down on unlicensed Arab construction to try to placate Jewish settlers angry at a demolition order against the Amona wildcat outpost in the occupied West Bank.
Tensions flared last month when police flooded the Arab village of Umm al-Heiran in southern …