As violence grips Jerusalem and other cities, a climate of suspicion has threatened even the most basic interactions between Jews and Israeli Arabs, not to mention Palestinians.
Israeli authorities have long sought to stress the diverse nature of their society, with Israeli Arabs and Jews living together.
But while some cities are relatively integrated, on the whole the two communities live parallel existences.
Arab Israelis account for some 17.5 percent of Israel’s population.
They are descendants of Palestinians who remained after the creation of Israel in 1948 and are largely supportive of Palestinians in the occupied territories.
A series of gun, knife and car-ramming attacks against Jews as well as ongoing clashes between security forces and Palestinian protesters has worsened mutual mistrust.
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