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Police Bring 1000 More Police/Border Guards To Jerusalem

Sunday, October 26th, 2014

Since the tragic murder of 3 month old infant Chaya Zissel Braun on Wednesday evening, Arabs across eastern Jerusalem have been rioting in various locations. Shiloach (Silwan), A-tur, Beit Hanina, Shuafat, and the Muslim Quarter of the Old City have seen near-continuous rioting. Masked teens and young adults have been throwing rocks, fireworks, and Molotov Cocktails at police, passing cars, buildings, and people. The use of fireworks as a weapon is a recent phenomenon; since they are explosive and easy to obtain, they are becoming a staple of rioters’ arsenal in targeting civilians and police.

Tombstones and monuments in the Har HaZeitim (Mount of Olives) cemetery were defaced and destroyed. The light rail and some buses were attacked, causing damage but no injuries.

The riots turned from property damage to attempts to harm innocents quickly. An Arab driver attempted to run down a motorcyclist over the weekend, and an ambulance was pelted with rocks as it made its way to assist the injured at riot sites.

Braun was killed when Abdel Rahman al-Shaloudi drove his car into a crowd waiting for the light rail Wednesday night. Her parents, who had waited 12 years for a child, had taken her to the Kotel (Wailing Wall) for the first time, to give thanks for her birth. Shaloudi’s actions were met with much approval on social media from Arabs, with one Facebook group calling for Arabs to emulate him by using their cars for terror attacks gaining 7000 “likes” a half hour after it was created.

To help contain and disperse the riots, and maintain order, Jerusalem Police have received one thousand reinforcements from elsewhere in the country.

The violence in Jerusalem has some other effects as well. Tel Aviv schools recently canceled a trip to Jerusalem, citing the security situation as a reason. Local politicians slammed the decision, with city councilwoman Rachel Azaria calling it “outrageous” and insisting that if Jerusalemites can continue their daily routines, there is no reason Tel Avivians can’t.

Member of Knesset Moshe Feiglin (Likud) disagreed, writing on his Facebook page that he believed that Tel Aviv was right to cancel the trip. Feiglin said,

“If the IDF in Gaza, and the police in Jerusalem, would receive the order to win and it was clear that that is what they were doing speedily and with determination, it would be acceptable for the government to demand its citizens shoulder their part of the burden and continue visiting the capital in a show of solidarity and defiance. But if the government, the army and the police choose to ‘manage the conflict’ as if they were a Limited Corporation and not a sovereign state, then it is certainly possible to understand the decision of the citizens of Nahal Oz or the parents council of Tel Aviv, who are not interested in taking part in the games of these ‘leaders’ and to endanger their children in order to allow the state to avoid its responsibilities.”

The violence follows Hamas official Mahmoud al-Zahar’s declaration of a third intifada. Most Israeli security officials have downplayed use of the term, with one anonymous security official telling Israel Radio that “the Palestinian street has no interest in a third intifada” three days ago. Hamas has praised Shaloudi’s attack, calling him a martyr, and recently has been test firing rockets into the Mediterranean. On Sunday morning, Israel tested the rocket siren warning system in several areas south of Tel Aviv.

US Bans Embassy Personnel from Part of Jerusalem Light Rail Route

Friday, October 24th, 2014

The U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv has prohibited its personnel from riding the Jerusalem light rail train from French Hill to Pisgat Ze’ev, in northern Jerusalem, for 30 days because of the terrorist attack this week that killed a three-year-old American-Israeli.

It was a typical U.S. Embassy reaction – every time there is a serious terrorist attack, it prohibits its staffs from the vicinity.

The policy is not restricted only to areas that the Obama administration wants Israel to turn over to the Palestinian Authority The U.S. Embassy previously has ordered workers not to ride the buses in Tel Aviv after a terrorist tried to blow up a local bus last year.

Israelis have suffered terrorist attacks for decades, long before the country was re-established in 1948. Whether there are terrorist attacks between a period of quiet or whether there are periods of quiet between terrorist attacks depends on whether the glass of water is half-full or half-empty.

It is reasonable that the Embassy does not want to see its workers injured or killed. It is not reasonable to worry about terrorist attacks after they happen and then suggest that after 30 days, the all-clear signal may be given.

It makes as much sense as the U.S. State Dept.’s foreign policy.

 

Arabs Continue Terror with Rock Attacks in Jerusalem

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Despite Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s order that “sovereignty be asserted in all parts of the city” Jerusalem Arabs are showing they intend to struggle for control of the capital.

Arabs attacked the population in various parts of Jerusalem late Wednesday and throughout the day Thursday (today, Oct. 23) by hurling rocks at them, their homes, their vehicles and the other means of transportation they use to get around the city.

Israel Police deployed late this afternoon to disperse a gang of Arabs hurling rocks at various targets in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Wadi al-Joz. One of the cars parked in the area was damaged in the melee.

Earlier in the day, masked attackers hurled rocks at a kindergarten, also located in the eastern part of the capital.

In addition, there were two rock attacks aimed at the Jerusalem Light Rail overnight and early today, following the deadly motor vehicle terror attack that claimed the life of three-month-old Chaya Zissel Braun.

The train was damaged in at least one of the attacks while passing through the northern Jerusalem neighborhood of Shuafat, but none of the passengers were physically injured. A number of riders were traumatized.

Following the attacks, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon commented early this morning that in the Palestinian Authority “there is not, and never was, a culture of peace but rather, a culture of incitement and jihad against the Jews.

“It starts with Abbas’ fraudulent statements against Israel at the United Nations, continues with repeated PA attempts to delegitimize us in the international community, and ends with incitement in the PA education system,” he said.

Arab Violence in Jerusalem Forces Police to Return Law and Order

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Widespread violence and several riots that erupted in Arab neighborhoods in Jerusalem overnight following the murder of an American-Israeli baby have forced the police to fill the vacuum that the government created with a “hands-off” policy that have left both Arab and Jewish citizens at the mercy of terrorist anarchy.

Palestinian Authority media are claiming that Wednesday’s car-light rail collision that killed three-month-old Chaye Zisel Braun was an accident and not a terrorist attack.

The driver of the car has died from his wounds, but even if police ever will be able to conclude that he was not a terrorist – despite circumstantial evidence to the contrary – he definitely was a murderer.

The response from hundreds of Arabs was more attempted murder. They wounded a driver in a rock-throwing attack in eastern Jerusalem, and dozens of other Arabs rioted in Silwan, across the street from the Western Wall.

Little children in kindergarten in the Maaleh Zeitim were targets for rock-throwers Thursday morning.

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat complained after the apparent terrorist attack on Wednesday that “Jerusalem has become unbearable” and that action must be taken to quell violence.

If the good mayor had said that two or three years ago, and not today and two or three months ago, perhaps the baby killed yesterday would still be alive.

Police have tried to ignore dozens of “almost murders” in dozens if not hundreds of ambushes of Jewish motorists who have been abandoned as sitting ducks for Arab rock-throwers in narrow streets in eastern Jerusalem, part of the city that the Palestinian Authority demands as part of its would-be state.

The Arab response to the shooting of the terrorist, or killer if you wish, is typical of a culture that dates back 3,500 years to Ishmael, of whom it is written in Genesis 16:12, “And he will be a wild donkey of a man; his hand will be upon all, and everyone’s hand upon him, and before all his brothers he will dwell.”

Other translations are less flattering, such as a modern Christian version that Ishmael “will be a wild man, as untamed as a wild donkey! He will raise his fist against everyone, and everyone will be against him. Yes, he will live in open hostility against all his relatives.”

Of course, this smacks of racism, just as Jews are “racists” because we are the “Chosen People” and just as anyone upholding the family unit is racist, and God is a racist for not creating men so they can give birth.

The Arab culture sucks up lawlessness. Not all Bedouin are thieves, but most thieves in the Negev are Bedouin. The Be’er Sheva court’s defendants are almost entirely Bedouin.

Not all Arabs are crazy drivers, but almost every crazy driver in Judea and Samaria is an Arab. Traffic fines are useless because the drivers simply don’t pay, assuming the drivers even have a license and assuming their cars are not stolen.

Violence is a way of life in the Palestinian Authority, and whenever anyone, especially Jews, try to clamp down, they are called “occupiers” and are met with more violence.

“The Palestinian Authority does and never has had a culture of peace,” Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon wrote on his Facebook page Thursday. “It is a culture of incitement and jihad against Jews.”

The Palestinian Authority has educated an entire generation to believe in terrorism, and the chance of widespread revolution cannot be totally dismissed, but it is highly unlikely.

The idea of a Palestinian Authority state, especially one that would pre-1967 neighborhoods in eastern, southern and northern Jerusalem, never has excited anyone except the sheikhs in Saudi Arabia and the Western no-nothings in Paris, Brussels, Oslo and Washington. The only thing that excites them is a chance to attack Jews.

Police always try to play down media inciters screaming “Intifada, Intifada” on a slow news day when they remember their agenda is to force a Palestinian Authority state down the throats of Israelis while they still are alive.

Baby Killed in Suspected Jerusalem Terror Ramming Attack

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

The baby that was injured in the suspected terror attack this evening died in the hospital of her wounds.

A driver plowed through a group of commuters waiting for the Jerusalem Light Rail injuring eight people, including the baby.

The driver was subsequently shot by a policeman as he tried to flee on foot.

The Arab driver, from the Silwan neighborhood of Jerusalem, reportedly had served 14 months in jail for security related offenses.

Jerusalem Light Rail Under Arab Attack – Again!

Sunday, October 12th, 2014

The Jerusalem intifada aimed at the capital city’s Light Rail on Saturday night with five separate attacks as the train passed through the Arab Shuafat neighborhood.

Arab attackers hurled rocks at the passenger cars in a blatant attempt to wreck the commuter line, with the light rail repeatedly coming under a hail of stones while making its way through northern Jerusalem.

Each attack began as the train passed through Shuafat; the same Arab neighborhood where three of the light rail’s stops were utterly demolished, right down to the infrastructure, at the start of Operation Protective Edge in early July.

In four out of five of the attacks, passenger cars sustained thousands of shekels’ worth of damage, with windows smashed each time.

None of the passengers were physically injured, although some were traumatized.

In four attacks no arrests were made, but in one case security forces on the train managed to arrest some of those who were throwing the rocks.

More than 100 attacks on the train have been reported since three Israeli teens were abducted and murdered in Gush Etzion by Hamas terrorists in June. An Arab teen from Shuafat was likewise kidnapped and murdered in what appeared to be a revenge killing by Jewish extremists the day after the bodies of the Jewish teenage victims were found.

In the past two months Arab attackers have caused approximately half a million shekels’ damage to the Jerusalem Light Rail as it passes through Shuafat and nearby Beit Hanina, according to the CityPass company that owns the rail line.

Jerusalem Cracks Down on Light Rail Attacks in Shuafat

Monday, October 6th, 2014

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat is making good on his vow to crack down on violence in the nation’s capital.

Police arrested four Arab attackers on Sunday night who were hurling rocks at the Jerusalem Light Rail as it passed through the northern neighborhood of Shuafat.

Miniature drones are being used in the effort to monitor the Arab neighborhood which has become a hotbed of violence, where at least three Light Rail stops were utterly destroyed, right down to the infrastructure, in the early days of Operation Protective Edge this summer.

Since that time rock-throwing terrorists have attacked the Light Rail on a near-daily basis as it passes through the neighborhood, costing the city government millions of shekels in repairs.

On Sunday night, Border Patrol officers and undercover units who were stationed around Light Rail stops in the neighborhood were able to identify and arrest the attackers when they began hurling rocks at the train.

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