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Jerusalem Arabs Coordinate Attacks on Cars Four Days Running

Jerusalem police refused to provide protection after days of consecutive rock attacks on Jewish.
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Residents of Maale HaZeitim expressed outrage that Jerusalem police and national security forces failed to provide protection after four days of consecutive rock attacks threatened residents at the same time and same place each day.

For years, a single traffic circle connecting the Mount of Olives Jewish community of Maale HaZeitim with the rest of Jerusalem has been a center for terror operations, with local Arabs issuing rock and projectile firecracker attacks on pedestrians and drivers to and from the neighborhood.  Maale HaZeitim is located on the historic mountain across from Jerusalem’s Old City, just a few meters into the Arab neighborhood of Ras al-Amud.

Local Arabs have received the Jewish presence with scorn and animosity, despite the property being owned by Jews – purchased from previous Jewish owners for the purpose of building the six-building neighborhood.

For the last four days, Maale HaZeitim’s residents have been accosted by rock attacks which have issued from the same place – behind a conveniently situated garbage receptacle – and at the same time, smashing windows, terrifying children, and lending to a sense among neighbors that there is a lack of security – and municipal concern – for the families making their homes next to the oldest Jewish cemetery in the world.

According to a resident who witnessed the attacks, Arab children selling corn on the cob at the traffic circle watch as cars drive by.  When they identify passengers as Jewish, they signal to waiting rock throwers, who hurl broken cinder blocks and rocks at the windows in an attempt to hit and injure the driver and passengers.

While many of the attacks have damaged private cars, Egged buses have also been targeted in recent terror attempts.  In a recent attack occurring in the early afternoon, a bus full of Jewish children on their way home from school was hit, smashing a window, narrowly missing a young passenger, and scattering glass all over the screaming group.

Despite insistent phone calls to police, no police cars or other police or security presence have been sent to prevent further attacks – all of which have occurred between 7 and 8pm.  Police who were made aware that the children were aiding the terrorists refused to detain the youth.

Residents expressed disbelief that the Jerusalem municipality and the state would show such a low level of concern for their safety.  Some men of the community said they would take to the streets around the time of the anticipated attacks to personally prevent any harm coming to their Jewish friends, families, and children.

Just a couple of weeks ago, residents of the neighborhood were invited to attend a meeting with a high level Jerusalem security official, who assured them that more steps would be taken to provide stability and normalcy for citizens in the area.

About the Author: Malkah Fleisher is a graduate of Cardozo Law School in New York City. She is an editor/staff writer at JewishPress.com and co-hosts a weekly Israeli FM radio show. Malkah lives with her husband and two children on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem.


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3 Responses to “Jerusalem Arabs Coordinate Attacks on Cars Four Days Running”

  1. One of the most basic services a municipality should be providing is police security to their citizens. These people should have been immediately picked up and arrested. Since the people are not getting this protection then the public should step on and intervene. If it were up to me I would give everyone a taser gun and ward this trash, if they continue doing what their doing, they will get zapped, that may change their mind. You also might want to think of getting a new mayor that responds to the needs of the of the residents.

  2. Glenn S Todd says:

    Every day we hear and read about the Jewish people being attacked by various arab groups. It is time the the IDF goes in and take care of the problem once and for all. Why do we have to sit by and constantly have our Jewish people constantly being attacked by these cowards? When is the Israeli government going to wake up and tell the world that we will not take it any longer. Get these cowardly arabs and throw them out of the country once and for all.

  3. Roc Diaz says:

    how about a bullit between the eyes of the corn on the cobber

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