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Jewish Victims of Lynch Attempt: We Didn’t Shoot for Fear of Jail

Three residents of the Beit Orot neighborhood of Jerusalem became the victims of a lynching attempt by the Arab residents of A-Tor.
The vehicle after the Arab mob destroyed it.

The vehicle after the Arab mob destroyed it.
Photo Credit: Hakol Hayehudi.

“They just dismantled the entire vehicle, smashed all the windows, the mirrors, twisted the window frames – it was really was a miracle that we managed to escape,” one of the victims told Hakol Hayehudi.

Beit Orot on the Mount of Olives has recently suffered an increase in attacks on Arabs from A-Tor.

Two weeks ago, local Arabs pelted neighborhood homes with rocks and withdrew only after the guard fired a shot in the air. That was preceded by several Molotov cocktails which Arabs had thrown at the neighborhood homes, where in one case a caravan was set ablaze with a family inside.

Last week was surprisingly quiet, but on Tuesday it became clear that it was the calm before the storm, and on Tuesday night three neighborhood residents were attacked by an Arab mob, and they say it was a miracle escaped from the attack safely.

“We left the neighborhood around 7 PM,” Ro’y Elnekave, one of the attack victims, told Hakol Hayehudi. “At the Intersection of A-Tor they threw a block on our rear window and immediately called the police and stopped on the side of the road. At that point there wasn’t a crowd there yet, and we thought it was just one of the Arabs who threw a stone and the police would arrived in a few minutes.”

But they were wrong. The event was not just a routine stone throwing, and the police never came.

“After a quarter of an hour in which the police had not yet arrived, the Arabs began to gather, and in an instant they began to pelt us with blocks and rocks. Those were not tiles, not ordinary stones, those were large cinderblocks,” Elnekave, a veteran of many Arab assaults, emphasized. “We left the vehicle and the Arabs began to attack us with blows and fists.”

A number of Beit Orot Yeshiva students were called to the scene and managed to rescue three Jews, who were lightly injured from the stones and from the blows, and the whole group ran toward Beit Orot.

That’s when the Arab mob had its way with the car. “They just dismantled the entire vehicle. Smashed all the windows, mirrors, twisted the window frames, took the infant’s chair and climbed on the roof. It was really a miracle we managed to escape,” said Elnekave.

Elnekave added that one of the victims was carrying a firearm, but due to police conduct in a previous case – he was afraid to use it.

“One of the guys was armed, and shouted at them to stay away because we were armed, but we preferred to flee rather than shoot, because we were afraid of the police. In an event two weeks ago, a security guard fired a shot in the air and he’s facing all sorts of legal complications. My buddy knew that if he shoots, he’d lose five years of his life and go to jail. This is simply fear of the hostile police. We simply preferred to escape.”

It took the police about forty minutes from the time of the call for help. Patrol cars arrived and towed the badly damaged vehicle back to Beit Orot.

Correction: The location was A-Tor, not Abu Tor.

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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23 Responses to “Jewish Victims of Lynch Attempt: We Didn’t Shoot for Fear of Jail”

  1. Just as I said concerning the IDF and Nitzan Alon, lowly coward anti-Zionist, anti-Israel pro-Arab bootlicking traitors of the lowest kind.

  2. Just as I said concerning the IDF and Nitzan Alon, lowly coward anti-Zionist, anti-Israel pro-Arab bootlicking traitors of the lowest kind.

  3. At a loss for words. How is it possible that Jews in Israel are left defenseless??? and are actually have galut approach to the danger? I bet Herzl or Ben Gurion or Golda Meir, or even Rabbin are turning in the graves!

  4. John Levin says:

    What is written above, it is clear that the proverbial Sheriff's job is to high tail and run and then get to the police barracks, fill out some papers and go home and have a beer. In other terms, us civilian are on our own. And we keep in mind, if arabs throw rocks, malotov cocktails we citizens would be imprisoned for trying to defend ourselves and others close by. No wonder Israelis must watch out for ourselves. It is just wrong as things are as they are.

  5. What a stupid law. Instead of supporting and encourage the Jewish people. Israel laws permit arabs crimes to flourish. It looks we are back to the 2nd temple times. Very sad

  6. Myriam Obadia says:

    The Government wouldn't act any other way if it were trying to start a revolution. People can endure only so much and, if the Arab population gets to feel free to re-start pogroms, the backlash may be more than Bibi, his Police, and the IDF realize.

  7. In Israel you do not shoot at an Arab who attacks you because you will go to jail…when a civilian is afraid of defending himself/herself and others because his/her action might result in police charges, we can call it quits, civilization is lost and the mob will rule. If ever a nation needed an armed citizenship, it is Israel! Yet, the moronic socialist world view that is still evident in Israel and dominated it for much of its early history, persists in confusing arms in the hands of the innocent with arms in the hands of the villains. In the socialist warped world view, when attacked, the best response is to run and hide. The result of such idiotic thinking is to give the mob a license to kill. Torah is explicit about this matter: when someone comes to kill you, kill him first! But the socialist has a laundry list of reasons why someone who is coming to kill you, in their warped socialist mind, is justified.

  8. It is time to get rid of the coward of a prime minister that we have and elect a real Jewish leader of Israel. It is time for Moshe Feiglin to head the state of Israel. He understands the issues and is the only Knesset Member willing to act and stand up for the rights of the Jewish people.

  9. I was planing to live in Israel, but in this conditions that we jews not getting protection, and defemd our self, I prefer to stay where I am, it is a shame.

  10. Beryl Cohen says:

    Last week pictures of our soliders being kicked by Arab youngsters who knew the soldiers are not allowed to retaliate. Now a Jew is afraid to protect himself with a gun because he will probably go to jail for using his weapon.What are we coming to! No wonder they do what they do!

  11. Tim Upham says:

    If this type of sectarian violence cannot be addressed, then peace and coexistence will just be a distant dream.

  12. Ken Kelso says:

    Everyone knows Netanyahu is a clone of Livni, Barak, Olmert and Peres.
    He is a complete fraud.
    Remember what Kahane said,
    I prefer an Israel hated by everybody than in Auschwitz loved by all.”.
    Right now Chaim Ben Pesach who is the successor to Kahane has been barred from entering Israel by the cowards who run Israel.
    That includes Likud, Kadima and Labor.
    Chaim Ben Pesach wants to use all out force to stop these Islamo fascists from terrorizing Israel and Chaim Ben Pesach wants a death penalty to Arab killers.

    Read this great article about him.
    http://www.jdl-uk.org/2012/07/chaim-ben-pesach-jewish-hero-forbidden.html
    Chaim ben Pesach a Jewish hero forbidden to make Aliyah.
    August 6, 2012.

  13. Yori Yanover says:

    Esteban Sperber Frankel · I've been here since late 2011 and I thank God for every single moment. Life here is so delicious. The people are good and sweet, the government is nasty and vicious. But there's so much more goodness on every street corner, you just know these bastards can't stay over us forever.

  14. This is what happens when you have traitors running the country!

  15. Our nations leaders and people must turn to God. Nations that do not seem to pick rulers who cannot do things and make laws that are in their own best interests. But this is just another piece of what is going on right now in the whole world and indeed the middle east. Most people don’t know that Damascus Syria has historically remained inhabited from the time of it’s founding until today. Despite military losses it has always been populated. Yet Isaiah 17 states that God will take it away from being a city. That has not happened as of yet. If God chooses to use mans weapons of mass destruction as one of the tools to bring that about then today’s news concerning Assad should get you interested enough to take a longer look at Isaiah 17. I’m not saying it is, but it looks like it very well could be. In addition Iran continues determined in it’s march in the development of nuclear weapons. Current intelligence seems uncertain of when Iran will get the bomb and Israel cannot afford to gamble with this. Yet here we are with the clock ticking. In July of 2012 I wrote a small book that lists some of what the Bible says will happen in the end times as well as what will happen during the period known as the seven (360 day) year tribulation and other soon to take place events. I don’t accept donations and it’s free. It’s about 6 or 7 pages, so it’s a short read. I encourage you to have a look: http://www.booksie.com/religion_and_spirituality/book/richard_b_barnes/after-the-rapture-whats-next.

  16. At the next election must choose the right party that defends Israel and that issues laws that limit the arrogance of the supreme court and to defend its citizens, our soldiers who are also our children and grandchildren, brothers and so on. But there is a party or so we have to base it?

  17. I've got a great idea; I think Its' time for the "comfy chair" response to this vicious, terrorist attack! Geneva convention be blowed , when these murderers catch sight of the "fluffy cushion" they'll be begging for mercy. Because here in Israel we're used to dealing with these tricky situations (like never nipping it in the bud) and therefore will ceaselessly expend vast quantities of inertia to do absolutely nothing! Now if they believed in Hash………..

  18. David Conley says:

    Yori Yanover: If people get the gov't they deserve, Israel society as a whole must be lacking in good character.

  19. Yori Yanover says:

    David Conley · I disagree. The election system in Israel is rigged, so that no matter what you vote, you'll get basically the same government and same powers that be. They may change their names — Likud today is what used to be Mapai 60 years ago — but the system remains centralized beyond belief, repressive, and harsh. We have the sweetest, most altruistic people, and a government of vicious thugs.

  20. Victims didn't defend themselves because they were afraid of police? What is this? Poland in 1930?

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