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September 22, 2014 / 27 Elul, 5774
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Arab Taxi Terror Foiled, Jerusalem Light Rail Targeted

Friday, September 12th, 2014

An Arab terrorist attack on IDF soldiers was foiled Thursday near the northern Samaria city of Ariel, but riders on the Jerusalem Light Rail were not as fortunate.

On Thursday afternoon, an Arab driver attempted to run over an IDF soldier with his taxi near Ariel, home to Israel’s newest university.

Other soldiers stopped the terrorist from carrying out the attack. He was taken into custody by IDF soldiers and handed over to police for interrogation. No injuries were reported in the incident.

Also on Thursday, Arabs in the northern Jerusalem neighborhood of Shuafat hurled rocks at the Light Rail train in two separate attacks.

No physical injuries were reported in either attack, although passengers were traumatized, and damage to the cars was reported as well. Nearly half of the Light Rail cars have been taken out of service due to constant attacks on the line by Arab terrorists in the Shuafat area.

Jerusalem Intifada Reaches French Hill

Monday, September 8th, 2014

Sunday night (Sept. 7) saw another round of intifada violence in Jerusalem as screaming hordes of Arabs went on rampages in various parts of the city — one gang destroying a gas station, others hurling rocks and ambushing motorists traveling around the capital.

Dozens of Arab rioters torched a “Menta” gasoline station in the northern Jerusalem neighborhood of French Hill late in the evening. Miraculously, no one was physically injured in the melee, which completely destroyed the station in the quiet neighborhood. “I was lucky to get out of there alive,” the counter man told an interviewer on Army Radio. “Thank God no one else was in the store at the time.”

smashed items at Menta stop in French Hill

Some 40 screaming, rioting Arabs yelling “Allahu Akbar!” (God is Great) hurled rocks and smashed everything in sight. The little convenience store at the gas station was also badly damaged.

According to a report on Voice of Israel public radio, no arrests were made.

Jerusalem activist Aryeh King asked in a post on the Twitter social media website, “Where were the police?”

Masked terrorists also hurled rocks – again – at the Jerusalem Light Rail as it passed through the nearby neighborhood of Shuafat. No one was physically injured, although passengers were traumatized. Miraculously, none of the cars were damaged this time.

The CityPass company managing the line has been threatening to cut off service to the northern neighborhoods in the capital. Thus far the firm has kept the line going as a courtesy to the innocent commuters and students living in Beit Hanina, Pisgat Ze’ev, Neve Ya’akov and other neighborhoods. But the train is losing more passenger cars each day to the violence, and the line is rapidly becoming a losing enterprise as a result. More than a third of the Light Rail cars have been forced out of service, damaged by rioting Arabs.

Also on Sunday night, Israeli motorists and police found themselves dodging road terror attacks as Arabs hurled rocks along the roads in Issawiya and A-Tur. Both are suburbs of Jerusalem, along the northeastern outskirts. Two drivers were wounded in these attacks; both are in good condition. But just a few weeks ago, a Hebron Hills driver was left in critical condition from a similar attack. In September 2011, a Kiryat Arba father and his baby son were murdered in such an ambush.

Israeli media have linked Sunday’s violence to the death of an Arab teenager who died of wounds sustained a week earlier while rioting elsewhere in the capital. The teen was allegedly shot by Israeli police who were faced by a screaming mob of Arabs out for their blood, hurling rocks and firebombs (Molotov cocktails).

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat meanwhile has condemned the rioting and told reporters he was in contact with police officials. He called for a “heavy handed response” and pledged the assistance of city hall as necessary.

But regardless of this week’s pretext for the violence, the rising number of incidents and the escalating level of violence by Arabs in Jerusalem and elsewhere in Israel is just not okay.

It’s unacceptable behavior. Tragedy cannot be an excuse for mass rage. Twice so far the Arabs have used it as a pretext to trigger a nationwide intifada in this country.

Extremist, radical Islamists also used the same excuse to launch mass violence around the world, pretending it had something to do with their faith — which it doesn’t, and never did. It was simply a pretext to quench the extremist Islamist thirst for blood.

The Islamic State is doing the same thing right now.

Any hesitation on Israel’s part, any delay in an unequivocal, concrete response sends a message to local Arab thugs, their provocateurs, the Arab political leadership and the international community beyond that such violence can and will be tolerated in Israel.

This is truly dangerous to all Israeli citizens — here and abroad.

Arab ‘Travel Terror’ Continues Around Jerusalem

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Arab ‘travel terror’ attacks resumed bright and early Thursday morning in and around the greater Jerusalem area.

At around 9 am, Arabs hurled a large rock at the back window of a bus in the Jerusalem suburb of Beit Shemesh where IDF soldiers were seated, as it was exiting the community.

“There was a lot of panic on the bus,” one passenger told the Hebrew-language 0404 website. “The window was smashed.” The source said there were elderly and children on the bus as well. “They took us off and ordered another bus to take us instead.”

About two hours later, the Jerusalem Light Rail was pelted with a hail of rocks in the northern neighborhood of Shuafat, in what is becoming a daily occurrence.

None of the passengers were physically injured although several were traumatized, and the train was damaged, at a cost of several thousand shekels to replace the smashed window.

Arab rioters have repeatedly tried to derail the line from passing through the neighborhood as it serves northern Jerusalem, despite the service provided to both Arabs and Jews.

Arabs in Northern Jerusalem Hurl Rocks at Light Rail

Monday, September 1st, 2014

Jerusalem Arabs attacked the Light Rail train Monday morning as it passed through the northern Arab neighborhood of Shuafat.

The attackers hurled rocks at the train – as they did a number of times last week — but failed to cause damage.

The Light Rail returned to full service on Monday for the first time after a series of vicious attacks against the Light Rail in Shuafat on August 25 caused heavy damage and terrified passengers.

The cars underwent extensive repairs and repainting before being returned to service.

The day before the start of Operation Protective Edge, the Light Rail was the target of choice for Arab rioters in Shuafat, who completely destroyed the infrastructure for three stops in their neighborhood and the nearby neighborhood of Beit Hanina. They vowed the rail would never be able to run through their area again.

Numerous students and teachers ride the Light Rail in order to travel between their homes and yeshivas in the center of town and northern Jerusalem neighborhoods.

Arabs Riot in Jerusalem, Light Rail Service Limited as a Result

Saturday, August 9th, 2014

Dozens of Arabs rioted on Saturday on the 40 day anniversary of the murder of Mohamed Abu-Hadir of Shuafat.

Tires were burned on the tracks of the Jerusalem Light Rails and stones were thrown at police.

It was decided that the train will not run tonight through Shuafat.

Jerusalem Light Rail Service to Shuafat Already Restored

Monday, July 14th, 2014

The CityPass Jerusalem Light Rail service has already been restored to Shuafat, despite the best efforts of local Arabs — and their declared public vow — that it would ‘never’ run in the neighborhood again.

Following the murder of 16 year old Muhhamad Abu Khdeir, Jerusalem Arabs went on an extended rampage, with three of the Light Rail stops being the first target of their rage. But it turns out the CityPass Jerusalem Light Rail service wasn’t just trashed by rioters in the Arab Shuafat neighborhood, it was systematically destroyed.

Arab teams came in with jack hammers to reach the copper cable wire running by the tracks while other teams came with equipment to saw off massive electric poles as others brought in trucks to pour cement on tracks while fuel was poured on the tracks to burn off the rubber elements.

Discussion groups on the Internet speculated that it would take up to a year to restore service and that the service would run next to Shuafat rather than through the middle of the neighborhood.

Why the systematic destruction? One veteran Israeli reporter told the Independent Media Review & Analysis (IMRA) that Fatah was behind the move as they control the taxi service from Shuafat to the rest of the city and destroying the light rail was a move to restore a major source of income.

But it didn’t take a year to restore service.

This Sunday CityPass was already running their trains per the regular schedule.

CityPass COO Shay Eisenberg told IMRA that while the service is up and running there is a lot of work yet to be completed. Since the traffic lights in the neighborhood and communications were destroyed, the train “has to cross intersections like a car without a traffic light”. The two stations in Shuafat were completely destroyed so passengers board in a makeshift arrangement.

Based on what Eisenberg says, it appears that Fatah’s coffers are not going to benefit from their assault on Jerusalem light rail services.

Jerusalem Light Rail Service Restored

Sunday, July 13th, 2014

Full Jerusalem Light Rail service has been restored from Har Herzl to Pisgat Ze’ev, including through Shuafat, according to an Arutz-7 report.

The section in Shuafat was destroyed last week, in rioting by Jerusalem Arabs.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/jerusalem-light-rail-service-restored/2014/07/13/

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