Under heavy security, Keren Kayemet LeYisrael (JNF-KKL) resumed planting trees in the Negev on Wednesday morning after they were halted the day before by an eruption of Bedouin violence.
At least 18 people were arrested following the rioting, that broke out in protest against JNF-KKL tree-planting ceremonies ahead of Tu B’Shevat, which falls next week.
Rioters placed rocks on railway tracks near the Goral intersection, forcing a train to make an emergency stop. At Segev Shalom intersection, rioters burned tires and threw fireworks at security forces, as well as stoning passing cars and a bus. Two police officers suffered minor injuries. Haaretz reporter Nati Yefet was attacked after he arrived at Segev Shalom to cover the rioting. Although Yefet presented his press pass, about 20 Bedouin attacked him, stole his car, and set it on fire. Police extracted Yefet, who was uninjured.