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Arab Terror Attack and Jewish Protest on the Mount of Olives

Jews (on the right) protested the stabbing, while Arabs (on the left) booed and ridiculed the protesters.

Jews (on the right) protested a stabbing, while Arabs (on the left) booed and ridiculed the protesters.
Photo Credit: Yishai Fleisher

In response to the stabbing of a Jewish man on Friday night, scores of Jewish residents of the historic Mount of Olives in Jerusalem took to the street in protest, demanding to be afforded the peace and security found in other parts of Israel’s capital city.

Walking back from prayers at the Western Wall on Friday night, a man in his 30s and his friend were attacked by two Arab men who leapt from a waiting car. One of the assailants stabbed the Jewish man in his back and both fled. The victim was treated at the scene by a Magen David Adom paramedic and an emergency room physician from Shaarei Zedek hospital, both of whom are residents of Maale HaZeitim, one of the Jewish neighborhoods in the area.

The victim was taken to Hadassah Ein-Kerem  hospital by ambulance in moderate condition, with a stab wound to his kidney. This marks the first time a Jew was stabbed in the neighborhood since its establishment, more than a decade ago. It is an escalation in the violence which includes numerous rock throwing and other attacks. Residents demanded more police presence and stricter measures against anti-Jewish incitement and violence.

At an emergency meeting held by the Jewish community’s security committee, residents expressed their outrage at the Jerusalem Police department’s failure to provide basic protection to citizens, and issued a list of recommendations for local law enforcement, who they say do not take security threats or calls for police assistance seriously.  Among complaints were inability to reach officers in a timely manner via the national police phone service, unwillingness for police to investigate charges of threats or harassment against Jews by Arab neighbors, and an overwhelming lack of police presence in an area known to be hostile toward Jews within the Jerusalem municipality.

Maale HaZeitim, and the new adjacent community of Maalot David, are a 15-minute walk from Jerusalem’s popular and ancient Old City, and enjoys a view of the Temple Mount.

About the Author: Yishai Fleisher is the Contributing Editor and PR manager at the JewishPress.com, and Israel's only English language broadcast radio show host (Galey Yisrael 106.5FM). Yishai is an Israeli Paratrooper, a graduate of Cardozo Law School, and the founder of Kumah ("Arise" in Hebrew), an NGO dedicated to promoting Zionism and strengthening Israel's national character. Yishai is married to Malkah, they have two children, and they live on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem.


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9 Responses to “Arab Terror Attack and Jewish Protest on the Mount of Olives”

  1. The Mount of Olives is an extremely important holy site for the Jewish people.

    Moshe Dayan after the 1948 War of Independence attempted to swap half of Jewish Jerusalem for the Jewish Quarter and the Mount of Olives.

    The government and people of Israel must do more to safeguard this site for the Jewish people.

    The Jewish residents there must be armed, trained and equipped with all necessary tools.

  2. Gil Gilman says:

    Wherever, and whenever, a person (and I use the word when maybe shouldn't) who stabs another in the back is obviously a coward, a predator, or both, and that tag definitely fits the Arab aggressors to a "T," historically in regard to the hostility immediately after Israeli statehood, and currently.

  3. Eric Tamez says:

    I agree only a coward stabs a another in the back.

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