West Bank

Israeli Arab, policeman killed amid clashes over demolitions

An Israeli Arab rammed his vehicle into a group of police officers on Wednesday, killing one of them before he was shot dead during clashes in southern Israel, police said. Local residents, however, accused the police of using excessive force and said the man lost control of his vehicle after he was shot.

The incident took place as protesters were demonstrating against the court-ordered demolition of illegally constructed buildings in the Bedouin village of Umm al-Hiran. It threatened to further strain relations between the government and Israel's Arab minority.

Arab citizens often complain of second-class status, while many Israeli Jews view them as disloyal because they...