The religious wars erupted in Israel when a Muslim driver went through an Orthodox neighborhood committing the heinous crime of playing his car radio too loud on Yom Kippur. A group of Jewish youths assaulted the driver accusing him of deliberately making noise on the holy day. Rumors spread through Arab neighborhoods that the motorist had been killed which prompted several Arabs to take to the streets with their protest. Rioters from both sides hurled rocks at each other. Not surprisingly, an ultra-nationalist MP, Arieh Eldad claimed Arabs had been engaged in a “pogrom.”Arab MP, Mohammed Barakeh blamed “Jewish fascist gangs” for the turmoil. Finally, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni came to Acre to attempt calming down people about the conflict.
Religion is supposedly the source of peace and justice. A motorist played some music on his car radio. One can assume since he was driving a car it would only be a matter of moments before he was out of the neighborhood and that would end the entire matter.
By the way, my grandfather was beaten up in the famous 1905 pogrom in Russia. There was no Arab “pogrom” in Acre.