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Mount of Olives.

Angry Jewish parents are speaking out against the government’s velvet glove approach to Arab attacks on their children’s school bus this morning (Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014) and other violence perpetrated in the Maale Zeitim (Ras el-Amud) neighborhood on Jerusalem’s Mount of Olives.

Arabs attacked dozens of small Jewish children as they traveled to school by bus in the Old City of Jerusalem.

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Three masked attackers pelted a school bus filled with small children with rocks in another road terror incident, badly traumatizing the young passengers – many of whom were first graders. The side view mirror was damaged and the windshield of the bus was damaged as well.

“It’s always from the same place, the same three or four meters,” said one of the Jewish residents living in the neighborhood who spoke with JewishPress.com in an exclusive interview on Sunday. “This was very much a planned attack because they knew exactly when the bus leaves and they targeted that bus – it’s the main bus that takes the children to school. They’re just little kids …” The resident, who requested anonymity, said there were periods of quiet in the neighborhood, usually after a series of attacks.

“Sometimes what the police do is to send a squad car or someone from the local civil patrol to sit by the gates to the neighborhood. While they are stationed here, of course, nothing happens. It’s when they are not here that the attacks occur – and then we call and they come back and then the cycle starts all over again.

The resident was clear about not resting the blame with the local Arabs. “First of all, no one really knows exactly who is carrying out these attacks. Local neighbors tell us it’s ‘just kids’ from the other neighborhoods, from Silwan… but you know? It’s an ongoing communication from our neighbors that they are upset with our presence here and they will continue to make it uncomfortable for us as long as possible.

“We are upset not with them but with the security establishment, the city and the police who show a disregard for the security of our children. We need a constant police presence here – and for that matter, so does the city, when tourists are attacked just for trying to visit the graves of their ancestors.“

Israel Police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld told JewishPress.com Sunday afternoon that Border Police patrols were stepped up in the neighborhood a couple of months ago, and other security measures were taken as well. Among them was the establishment of a police point at the Mount of Olives.

Nevertheless, Rosenfeld made it clear that establishment of a static police presence in the Ras el-Amud neighborhood could only be created through a decision by Public Security Minister Yitzchak Aharonovitch.

Jerusalem City Council member Aryeh King, whose own children were on the bus, expressed outrage at the lack of a regular police presence in the neighborhood. Ma’ale Zeitim – also known as Ras el-Amud – is known as a “hot spot” in the city. The neighborhood wraps itself around the ancient Mount of Olives cemetery where some of Judaism’s foremost scholars and Torah sages are laid to rest.

Local Arabs have done their very best to prevent Jews from visiting the graves of their ancestors and sages at the sacred spot, regularly attacking citizens and tourists alike.

“Police have arrested hundreds – it may soon reach thousands,” King said on Sunday. “But there is little doubt that the policy of arrests by police is not effective. We have a great police force, but no deterrence,” he said.

“This is how Jewish residents of Jerusalem live their lives,” King added. He called for a “constant presence” instead to be established in the Arab neighborhoods in Jerusalem. Only then, King said, might the rioting be stopped at the source.

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24 COMMENTS

  1. This is insane, the government of Israel is negligent and derelict for allowing these attacks to continue. It is obvious that the only way to stop all of this is to remove the problem- the Arabs must go live in their own countries, they cannot live with Jews- it is like oil and water. We have a failed state, we have a failed process called Peace. It is now time to recognize this failure and move forward. Kahane was and is right- the Arabs have to go. If not, we will have to go or we will be slaughtered.

  2. Why is it so damn hard for the cops and military to protect this little piece of land. Complete incompetents. This has been going on too long. Stick a military base there. Mishmar Hagavul.

  3. Why is it so damn hard for the cops and military to protect this little piece of land. Complete incompetents. This has been going on too long. Stick a military base there. Mishmar Hagavul.

  4. I've got a small Israeli flag and a handmade "Stand With Israel" sign in my front window. Unfortunately I'm torn when it comes to Israel and the idiots who allow Kapos on the Temple Mount who in turn allow Muslims to assault Jews on property that should be completely free of Arabs. Why these brain-dead idiots aren't seizing places like the Cave of the Patriarchs in direct proportion to how much hate is meted out by Arabs is beyond me. The more Mickey Mouse Martyrs there are; the more Muslim "holy" sites close down and revert back to Jewish hands. It seems the more the Muslims hate, vilify and murder Jews the more the Israeli government falls all over itself to appease them. It's just mind boggling.

    A few years ago I knew next to nothing of this subject until I happened to read The Haj by Leon Uris and Because They Hate by Brigitte Gabriel almost back to back. Now I've got books floor to ceiling on the subject and filing cabinets filled with thousands of reports and articles.

    I do, however, keep my knowledge limited when it comes to Israeli politics. I admit I kind of have a "hear no evil, see no evil" attitude when it comes to that issue. To me Israel can do no wrong. Period. But again, I just don't understand the almost self-destructive tendencies when it comes to "Israel".

    Jordan should be "Palestine". I know the difficulties involved with that but tough . This has gone on long enough. (I could kick Moshe Dayan in the ass.) Send the Muslims in Gaza and the West Bank a thirty day pay or quit notice and kick them all the hell out.

  5. Slingers

    I've got an article out of a magazine “Giant Slayer: The unsung sling was low-tech, low-class and as lethal as a modern handgun” by foster Grunfeld. (I wish I could find it online.) My favorite part of the article was a sidebar that pretty much summed it up: “We must get hold of slingers and cavalry as soon as we can…According to Xenophon, the Persians did no further damage by their old methods of long-range fighting, since the Rhodians could sling farther than the Persian slingers and farther even than most of their archers.”

    Also people should read the Roman doctor Celsus and his description of removing “bullets”. There's actually a Fresco of Pompeii showing a Roman surgeon “extracting a projectile”.

    The Greeks and Romans used to inscribe messages on their stones; “For Pompey's Backside”.

    When I was a kid I got hit in the back of the head by a rock thrown a block away from this other kid who got “lucky”. No Fun.

    It also said in the Grunfeld article “Local folklore has it that Balearic Slingers could sink ships at more than 500 yard. This sounds far-fetched, but nevertheless the Romans, when they arrived to conquer Mallorca in 123 BC after severl failed attempts, first stretched hides above the decks as protection against sling bullets and other projectiles.”

    I'm reading Caesar's Civil War. (I've read the Wiseman's Battle for Gaul twice). Slinger's were an important and deadly addition to these armies.

    It's too bad the Palestinians can't grasp the old “sticks and stones” adage. But I guess that's their point.

    These “stone throwers” should be treated as the contemptible attempted murderers that they are. It makes me sick that they haven't kicked these genocidal scum off the Temple Mount.

    At one time I had tolerance for all religions. That all changed with Islam. When I was a kid I was chanting “nam myo ho renge kyo” to a piece of paper. Hitch-hiking back east I hung out with the Children of God. I used to go to the Family Home Evenings with a Morman shipmate of mine in the Navy.

    Thing is, Islam is a disease, and Muslims are the symptom. I have no sympathy or empathy for them or their sick “religion of peace”. Especially after making an honest effort at understanding their religion and finding “Jihad in the Qur'an and Sunnah” by 'Sheikh Abdullâh bin Muhammad bin Humaid in a Summarized Bukhari I'd ordered online. It was submitted almost as an Introduction. It scared me so bad I wrote a canned pitch I throw around like a religious tract:

    (Part of what scared me was this guy was a “an ex-chief Justice of Saudi Arabia. I've also found out a lot about Saudi Arabia since then.)

    “While Hindus, Sikhs, Christians, Parsees and Jews, along with several million adherents of an animistic religion, all coexisted in relative harmony, one religion that would not accept compromise stood out from the rest: Islam.” Mahatma Gandhi

    “we may describe it, (jihad), as a surgeon's lancet and not a butcher's knife.” Mahmoud Mohammed Taha (I'm sure there are about 200 million dead people that would disagree with him. And this from the guy who's been called the Mahatma Ghandi of Islam.)

    About two years ago I ordered some reading material, including Taha's "Second Message", and a “study” Koran to find out what this "Islam thing" was all about. When I was sixteen I was chanting nam yo ho renge kyo to a piece of paper, (gahonzen?), having NO idea what I was doing. A few years later, hair down to my ass and a knapsack on my back, I hitchhiked cross country, got saved in Nashville Tenn. and went to live on a Christian farm in Mansfield Ohio. (Not the prison.) My gra'mom called me a "seeker". As I said, there came a time when I wanted to understand this "religion of peace". It was Humaid's article on jihad I found in my Summarized Bukhari that decided “things” for me.

    If Islam is the “religion of peace”, where in Sheikh Abdullah bin Humaid's article on jihad can I find the equivalent of “Love Thy Neighbor” and “good will toward men”? And explain its prominence, and significance almost as an “Introduction”, in a book that's described as “the most authentic and true among the books of the Prophet”: My Summarized Sahih Al-Bukhari. Also address “jihad” as it's defined in Reliance of the Traveller and answer the same question. (Chapter O-9.0: Jihad O: “Jihad means to war against non-Muslims, and is etymologically derived from the word mujahada signifying warfare to establish the religion.” And explain why the “greater” jihad is only mentioned once here and never seen again in this “Classic Manual of Islamic Sacred Law”.)

    Compare Humaid's “jihad” and Emmet Fox' Sermon on the Mount and tell me which one best represents a spirit of Love and “compassion”.

    (A book I just happened to have finished when this book came in the mail.) And, again, tell me, why;

    Why, out of all the articles, out of all the words of pearly Muslim wisdom they could have put in this, “the most authentic and true among the books of the Prophet”, this is the one they chose.

    Please, if you want people to understand this “right of return” sham have them read The Haj by Leon Uris and Because They Hate by Brigitte Gabrielle. The two books that put a fire under my ass to start understanding this “Islam thing”. (They should also be sold as a gift set.)

    Jihad & Terrorism Studies Project September 26, 2002 Special Report No.10
    Fiday Sermons in Saudi Mosques: Review and Analysis
    http://www.memri.org/report/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/736.htm

    Islam's Hatred of the Non-Muslim by David Bukay
    http://www.meforum.org/3545/islam-hatred-non-muslim
    Conclusion of article: “The doctrine of al-Wala wal-Bara is critical to understanding the Islamic world-view and its perception of the other as it is second only to attesting to tawhid, the oneness of God, for the faithful. Faith is incomplete without it, and it is the criterion used to distinguish between believers and the enemies of Islam. Tawhid will never be achieved on earth until believers apply al-Wala wal-Bara through adherence to Muhammad's way of life (as-Sirat al-Mustaqim).”

    Jihad in the Qur'an and Sunnah by 'Abdullâh bin Muhammad bin Humaid
    http://www.islaam.net/main/display.php?category=77&id=129

    or: (Google it it's easy to find)

    http://www.guidance4yoursoul.net/Jihad%20In%20The%20Qur'an%20And%20Sunnah.pdf

    The Haj by Leon Uris (A Primer on the “right to return” scam)
    Lessons from ‘The Haj’ A book review by Joseph Puder
    http://www.frontpagemag.com/2011/joseph-puder/lessons-from-the-haj/print/

    and

    Because They Hate: A Survivor of Islamic Terror Warns America by Brigitte Gabriel (These two books should be sold as a gift set.)

  6. Perhaps these buses should always carry one Palestinian child. Rather than the Israeli kids using them as human shields, they make sure he get hit by a stone. Then the UN and BBC and BDS will roundly condemn the Israelis and the attacks will stop. Er…wait a minute…let me think about that…

  7. In response to israeli government passive attitudes towards protecting its citizens neighborhood should establish volunteer police and deal with animals as deserved. Bibi is a weak leader turned into political whore. Israeli government is not doing a simple responsibility they were appointed to do,protect it's citizens. So why are they being voted for? To help them multiply personal wealth?

  8. Prior to the bus being taken to fetch the children, security should be placed on the bus but must be out of sight,and one driving the bus. Once the stones are thrown, they will then throw smoke bombs out of the window and continue doing this until the culprits are caught. This way these horrible persons' will never know if there is security on the bus itself.

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