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Islamic Movement Incites Violent Riot in Tel Aviv-Jaffa

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

Arab riots spilled over to Tel Aviv-Jaffa Tuesday night with large-scale vandalism and violence incited by the northern branch of the radical Islamic Movement.

Six Arabs were arrested, and five policemen were slightly injured.

They ostensibly were protesting Israeli actions to stop Muslim violence on the Temple Mount, but the youth previously have attacked the local yeshiva several times in smaller-scale riots.

Police initially tried to disperse the rioters and then turned to a local sheikh who helped clam down the dozens of youth, most of them riding electric bikes, motorcycles and bicycles.

They hurled rocks at a yeshiva, police and cars and buses, smashing several windows,

The rioters also burned tires on the main road in Jaffa, near the square in the city that is part of Tel Aviv, and overturned trash cans to block the street.

Arab Riots Spread to Northern Israel

Monday, October 5th, 2015

Arab riots in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria have spread to the Galilee in northern Israel and to the Arab city of Taibeh near Netanyahu. In Nazareth, home city of anti-Zionist Knesset Member Haneen Zoabi, Arab crowds shouted anti-Israeli slogans in a protest against Israeli security forces’ response to terror.

Rioters in Taibeh, near Netanya, burned tires on a major highway and forced part of it to be closed,

Arab violence also spread to the highway linking Pisgat Ze’ev, in northern Jerusalem, with the French Hill intersection. Magen David Adom reported that medics treated a 35-year-old man for wounds caused by glass splinters in his back after rock-throwers smashed a window in his vehicle.

He was evacuated to Shaarei Tzedek Hospital for treatment, along with three others who suffered shock.

Palestinian Authority media reported that two people were killed in clashes with Israeli soldiers, including a young teenager in the area of Bethlehem in an incident that the IDF has not confirmed.

The Arab Red Crescent medical organization claimed that nearly 500 people were wound by soldiers, and Radio Palestine reported that 36 Arabs were hit with live fire and 136 by rubber bullets.

They also said that the IDF has closed a village east of Hebron because of wide-scale rioting.

Rock-throwing was reported on Highway 60, south of Kiryat Arba-Hebron, where dozens of buses are taking people Monday night for the “traditional “Hakafot” that are staged throughout the country, primarily for secular Jews who want to dance with the Torah but do not attend synagogue on the day of the holiday that ended this evening.

On Sunday, before the Shemini Azeret-Simchat Torah holiday began, combat soldiers from the Shimshon unit caught two terrorists who were hurling rocks at drivers near the Gush Etzion-Jerusalem tunnels.

In Samaria, terrorists threw an explosive device at a Jewish motorist, but no injuries were reported.

Egoz and Rotem combat soldiers operating near Shechem uncovered a cache of weapons, including two guns or rifles, 10 cartridges, five knives and assorted ammunition,

In Jerusalem, the Light Rail was closed between Pisgat Ze’ev and Shuafat because of rock-throwing, which damaged a train.

Only five soldiers have been wounded, all of them lightly, in the past three days of rioting.

Fatah Leader Calls on Palestinian Authority to Arm Arabs

Sunday, October 4th, 2015

Fatah leader Sultan Abu Enein wrote in a Twitter message in Arabic that the Palestinian Authority should arms Arabs in order “to defend themselves against the occupation and settlers.”

Quiet Returned to Temple Mount after Day of Clashes [video]

Monday, September 28th, 2015

(JNi.media) Temple Mount in Jerusalem is calm Monday night, after dozens of Arab youths have rioted in Al Aqsa Mosque (on the Temple Mount). They threw Molotov cocktails, fireworks and stones at police officers, and barricaded themselves inside the mosque overnight, after police announced Sunday that it was restricting entry to male worshipers age 50 and older.

During the night there were negotiations between the barricaded youths and police over their removal from the mosque, and when the youths persisted in refusing to leave peacefully, on Monday morning police broke into the mosque plaza, and blocked the entrance of the mosque measures to prevent projection of stones and dangerous objects, so the Temple Mount compound could be opened to visitors. Ma’an reported some 15 police snipers were deployed on the roof of the southern mosque, while Israeli forces in riot gear were stationed in the main courtyards. According to Israel Radio, several small fires broke out at the entrance to the mosque as a result of firebombing. Finally, Ma’an reported, police closed the doors of the southern mosque with chains and forcibly evacuated worshipers from the area through the Hatta Gate.

Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, who is in New York for the UN Assembly, told Palestinian television that Israel wants to turn a religious issue into a political one, adding that he had updated world leaders with whom he met regarding the mosque situation.

In reality, Israel is examining the possibility of permitting Jewish worshippers to conduct services on the edge of the compound, far from the mosque, in order to meet their religious needs, as well as international law regarding the rights of people to worship in their holy places. The Arab response—unyielding violence, incited by the PA as well as by Hamas—appears to be more along political lines.

Officials from the PA Ministry of Endowment told Ma’an that dozens of Israeli forces raided the holy site and fired stun grenades and rubber-coated steel bullets. The Palestinian Red Crescent reported 22 Arabs were wounded, three hospitalized, after being hit by rubber bullets—one Arab was struck in the face inside the mosque.

Netanyahu in Cabinet Meeting on Jerusalem: We’ll Harm Whomever Tries to Harm Us

Sunday, September 20th, 2015

(JNi.media) Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu On Sunday convened a special discussion regarding the continued tensions in Jerusalem. At the outset, Netanyahu said that “stones and Molotov cocktails are lethal weapons, they kill and they have killed, so in recent days we have changed the rules of engagement for police in Jerusalem.” According to the Prime Minister, “This weekend, security forces have already used the new measures under the new directives, and struck the stone throwers and Molotov cocktail throwers.” Netanyahu added that “today we will allow further expansion of the ability of police to act in foiling the throwing of stones and Molotov cocktails. Whomever tries to harm us, we’ll hit him.”

Overnight Police arrested four Palestinians, including two minors, on suspicion of disturbances in Jerusalem. In total, 27 Arabs suspected of throwing stones and petrol bombs in the capital have been arrested.

Late Saturday night, Israeli forces fractured the skull of a stone-throwing 13-year-old Arab with a rubber-coated steel bullet in the east Jerusalem neighborhood of al-Issawiya, medics at al-Maqasid hospital told Ma’an. Witnesses told Ma’an the clashes broke out when police entered the neighborhood with arrest warrants, picking up two young Arabs. Five more Arabs were arrasted, including two minors.

An Israeli police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld tweeted on Saturday evening: “Police units continue patrolling neighborhoods in Jerusalem to prevent incidents. In Isawiah stones thrown at officers, 7 suspects arrested.”

An IDF officer was injured on Sunday, during stone-throwing riots on the road connecting Tjoa and Har Homa in Gush Etzion, just outside Jerusalem. The officer was evacuated to Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem with a possible fracture.

An Arab woman was arrested for questioning Sunday after she attacked police and tried to attack an Israeli civilian near the Chain Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem. At the same time, an Israeli citizen was detained for violating the rules concerning visiting the Temple Mount. Jerusalem District Police said that some 500 visitors have entered the Temple Mount, including 350 tourists.

Netanyahu Vows at Security Cabinet to Fight Arab Violence

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu vowed at the Security Cabinet meeting to fight the rising tide of Arab violence with “all necessary measures” regardless of where and how the attacks take place.

Also attending the discussion were Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon, Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan, Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, Jerusalem Affairs Minister Zeev Elkin, Transportation and Road Safety Minister Yisrael Katz, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, Acting Police Commissioner Bentzi Sau. ISA Director Yoram Cohen, Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein, National Security Adviser Yossi Cohen, Foreign Ministry Director General Dr. Dore Gold, attorney Isaac Molcho and other senior officials.

The prime minister was grim in relating to a Jerusalem Arab rock attack on the first night of the Jewish new year, Rosh Hashana (Sun. Sept. 13) that killed a Jewish man in his sixties and injured his wife and daughter.

At the start of the meeting (Tues. Sept. 15) Netanyahu said bluntly, “We will use all necessary measures to fight against those who throw stones, firebombs, pipe bombs and fireworks in order to attack civilians and police.

“On the eve of the holiday it was again proven that throwing stones can kill. Such actions will be met with very sharp punitive and preventive responses. We will lead systemic changes and will set a new standard of deterrence and prevention.”

Cabinet members voted to examine changes in ‘open-fire’ orders, along with changes in the minimum sentences for attacks involving various types of “homemade” ammunition (such as rocks, firebombs, pipebombs and fireworks). Other changes to be considered are the imposition of heavy fines on minors who carry out such attacks, and fines on their parents as well.

Netanyahu emphasized that Israel is committed to maintaining the ‘status quo’ on the Temple Mount, but added that rioters would not be allowed to prevent Jews from visiting the Mount.

Arabs have increased the intensity and frequency of violent riots and attacks on the site in order to prevent any access to the area by Israelis and other Jews.

On Rosh Hashana, government security personnel were forced to use riot control measures in order to ensure that Jews were able to safely visit the Temple Mount compound — Judaism’s holiest site — on pilgrimage.

The prime minister ordered staff to schedule another discussion to be held next week to advance the steps decided on during the evening.

Arab Violence Skyrockets in Jerusalem

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

Violence has skyrocketed in the Old City of Jerusalem since the start of the summer, and particularly since the first of July.

Data released Tuesday in a report by the Construction Ministry indicate there have been 580 attacks against civilians or security personnel.

That figure only reflects attacks that occurred within the walls of the Old City – Shiloah (Silwan), the City of David, and the Mount of Olives.

Not included in the data are any attacks that occurred in Jerusalem neighborhoods such as Shuafat, Beit Hanina, Issawiya, Jabel Mukabar and others.

Since numerous road terror attacks have taken place in those areas for most of the summer, it is clear the total number of violent incidents in the capital is rising.

There were 477 rock attacks on Israeli vehicles during the months of June and July this year. In addition, the data reflect 28 incidents of firebombing attacks on Jewish-owned vehicles and homes, with Molotov cocktails. There were also other attacks recorded with Arabs hurling glass bottles and igniting fireworks which they then hurled at people or vehicles or homes, and other types of vandalism as well, such as destruction of Jewish grave markers.

Six Jews were attacked in the Old City of Jerusalem, including five civilians and one Border Guard Police officer in June.

Out of a total of 359 incidents that month, 213 occurred in the City of David, 21 were in the Old City itself and 125 took place on the Mount of Olives. There were four reports of tombstone desecration in the cemetery there.

Last month there were 221 incidents, with 108 reported in the City of David, 92 on the Mount of Olives and once again, 21 in the Old City.

One grave was desecrated, and there were 16 reports of firebombing attacks. Several incidents of fireworks being ignited and launched at Israeli security forces like mini-rockets were also reported.

Four times there were reports of Arabs hurling glass bottles at Jews in the Old City and 170 rock attacks reported as well.

Jerusalem District Police responded with a statement Wednesday, saying:

“We are operating based on a plan that includes the deployment of increased forces, both covert and public activity, the incorporation of special units to conduct arrests and the incorporation of many technological measures against rioting in East Jerusalem, in order to protect the residents of the city and its visitors and increase their security.

“Police operates determinedly, and holds a dialogue with local leaders, which has led to an ongoing decline in stone and firebomb throwing incidents in recent months. Most of the violent incidents are done against security forces due to the friction with rioters in East Jerusalem neighborhoods. “It’s important to stress that despite the ongoing trend of decline, dealing with rioters cannot be done only by police enforcement. The violence is a general problem, and therefore should be handled by police, as well as the judicial system, the prosecution, the municipality, welfare, education and more – persistently and long-term.”

Jerusalem City Council member Aryeh King blamed the political leadership, saying politicians are “tying the hands of security forces.”

Police cannot deal with attacks properly, King said, while the judicial system releases the suspects or responds with leniency in the face of violence.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/arab-violence-skyrockets-in-jerusalem-old-city/2015/08/26/

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