There was a fire on the Mount of Olives at around 9 PM on Saturday evening in an open area close to some buildings.Jewish Press News Briefs
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Stoning and other terrorist attacks by Jerusalem Arabs over the past ten days have seemed to skyrocket around the Israeli capital following passage of a first, and then second resolution by the United Nations Education, Science and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) erasing ancient historical ties between Judaism and Jerusalem.
The second resolution, passed by the World Heritage Committee, was proposed by Tunisia and Lebanon on behalf of the Palestinian Authority and Jordan, neither of whom could vote on the measure because neither are members of the World Heritage Committee.
Arab terrorists on Wednesday hurled stones at an Israeli public bus traveling in Jerusalem as the vehicle drove around the Mount of Olives.
It was the second stoning attack in the Israeli capital in a matter of hours, following an earlier attack on an Israeli bus in the Jerusalem neighborhood of A-Tur which resulted in a smashed windshield on the vehicle.
None of the passengers were physically injured in the Mount of Olives attack, nor did the attackers succeed in damaging the bus.
In another attack, Arab attackers hurled stones at the Beit Yonatan apartment building in the ancient Jerusalem neighborhood of Shiloach (Silwan), as well as at a security vehicle that was passing in the area.
Arab terrorists also carried out a third attack on Rehov HaKari in the Old City of Jerusalem, hurling a glass bottle at a pedestrian who miraculously was not injured in the attack.
Israel Police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld told JewishPress.com, “There was an incident reported of stones thrown near the Old City. Police units searched the area for suspects. General Security measures continue in and around the Old City,” he said.
Rosenfeld added that it is not believed the attacks are related to the UNESCO resolution, nor do they comprise a new, or renewed “wave of terror” beginning in the capital.Hana Levi Julian
An Arab stabbed a young Hareidi (Ultra-Orthodox) man with a screwdriver in the Beit Hakhoshen (A-Tur) area and fled. The attack happened around 2:30 PM.
The Israeli civilian had exited the Mount of Olives cemetery at about 2:30 p.m. after visiting the grave of a Hasidic rabbi who passed away in July. According to the Jerusalem Police, he was walking towards a nearby bus stop when an Arab man apparently approached him and pushed him to the ground. The attacker then stabbed him several times with a screwdriver and escaped the scene.
The Jewish victim then boarded one of the buses and was taken to a nearby police outpost. He reported the attack to the policemen who called in medical teams and summoned additional police forces to conduct searches for the escaped terrorist.
Magen David Adom paramedics treated the Jewish victim, who sustained stab wounds to his back and neck and was in light condition. He was transported, fully conscious, to Hadassah Mount Scopus Medical Center where doctors said that he was in stable condition.
Content by Michael Bachner/TPS was used in the report update.David Israel
Arab terrorists were busy Monday night attacking Jewish residents of Jerusalem in their attempts to frighten Israelis into leaving the area or avoiding it in the first place.
Thus far, the effort has failed, though some Arabs are continuing their violence nevertheless.
Terrorists Monday night hurled three firebombs at Jewish homes in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Ma’ale Zeitim, known in Arabic as Ras el Amud.
The neighborhood overlooks the Mount of Olives and has been the scene of numerous attacks by Arab terrorists who have tried to dislodge the growing number of Jewish residents moving into the area.
A storekeeper was stabbed on Rehov Malachi in Jerusalem, local sources reported Monday night. He was treated at the scene and then taken to a hospital in the capital where he is reportedly listed in good condition.
Less than an hour later, several Arab terrorists attacked an IDF “pillbox” outpost at the entrance to the Jewish community of Kochav Yaacov, just a few minutes north of Jerusalem.
The terrorists opened fire and launched firecrackers at the military position, some of which ignited a blaze next to a group of soldiers guarding the outpost, and caused a power outage.
The soldiers extinguished the flames. Miraculously no one was injured and no property damage was reported.Hana Levi Julian
Philanthropist Dr. Irving Moskowitz was laid to rest today on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem.
By Michael Bachner/TPS
Jerusalem (TPS) – The Jerusalem Municipality Finance Committee approved on Tuesday the transfer of 1.5 million shekels (nearly US$400,000) to reinforce security at Jerusalem’s ancient Mount of Olives cemetery following a rash of violence against Jewish visitors and vandalism of Jewish graves. On the same day, an Arab-Israeli man was sentenced to prison for attacking Jews on the Mount of Olives.
The Mount of Olives Jewish cemetery is the oldest Jewish cemetery in the world, dating back 3,000 years to the time of the First Temple – and is still in use today. It houses some 70,000 tombs from different historical eras, including the graves of many prominent rabbis, writers, and political leaders.
The cemetery is surrounded by Arab neighborhoods such as A-Tur, Ras Al-Amud and Al-Sawana. Many Jews have been targeted over the years in and near these neighborhoods while making their way to visit the cemetery. Additionally, many graves have been torched, smashed, or sprayed with graffiti.
The new plan is intended to improve the personal safety of those ascending the mount and to prevent vandalism and desecration of the graves. It will include the construction of fences, installation of gates, and placement of additional security measures in the area of the mount.
“The Mount of Olives is a holy place which is very important to the Israeli people,” said Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat in a statement. “We are obligated to preserve its sanctity and the safety of its visitors. We will not allow it to be harmed and desecrated.”
Also on Tuesday, Khalil Jayousi, a 21-year-old resident of A-Tur, was sentenced to five years and eight months in prison for organizing and leading violent riots on the Mount of Olives during which pipe-bombs and firebombs were thrown at Israeli civilians and security forces.
The riots were held in the summer of 2014, following the murder of Jerusalem-Arab teenager Muhammad Abu-Khdeir by Israeli extremists and Operation Protective Edge in Gaza. Fireworks, rocks, and explosives were hurled at a Jewish home and security forces who were guarding it. In one case, fireworks were also used to attack Jewish drivers in their cars.
According to three detailed indictments filed against Jayousi at the Jerusalem District Court, he purchased and supplied arms to dozens of teenage rioters, and also actively participated in the violent riots.
Jayousi, who recently served a prison term for similar offenses, was convicted of aggravated assault, carrying and manufacturing weapons, and negligent and reckless use of explosives. According to the indictment, his actions were motivated by a desire to attack Jews.TPS / Tazpit News Agency
Stoning Attack Smashes Bus Windshield at Mount of Olives
Arab terrorists attacked an Egged bus midday Sunday at the roundabout in the Jewish neighborhood of Ma’ale Zeitim across from the Mount of Olives cemetery in Jerusalem.
Children who were riding on the bus at the time were terrified when the windshield was smashed by the large and sharply pointed rocks that pelted the vehicle.
Local Jewish residents reported that Bus 83 was stopped at the square in the neighborhood – a section where many Arabs reside – when the vehicle was attacked, according to local residents.
It is not clear whether anyone on the bus was physically injured.Hana Levi Julian