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On Friday night, Arabs once again desecrated graves on the Mount of Olives.
Firebombs were thrown into the Gur Hassidim section of the cemetery, causing damage, according to an 0404News report.
Headstones and monuments were also smashed, broken and knocked over.
Arab rioters attacked Jewish motorists in eastern Jerusalem Tuesday night in what has become a “silent intifada” thanks to establishment media’s generally ignoring frequent violence.
Arab rioters attacked several cars whose occupants were on their way on the eve of Hoshana Raba, the last day of Sukkot, to learn Torah at the “Beit HaHoshen,” in the heart of a hostile and almost entirely Arab neighborhood above Wadi Joz in eastern Jerusalem.
Shuki Set wrote on the Rotter.net website that he and his son were driving to Beit HaHoshen when they got stuck in a traffic jam, a ready-made setting for Arab violence.
“Arabs suddenly struck our car with rocks at point-blank range,” he wrote. “The kicked the car and smashed the side mirrors, but there was nowhere to flee. We simply stood there like sitting ducks, hoping we would not be physically harmed.
“Suddenly, one of the rioters heaved a huge rock and smashed the back window.”
The driver barely was able to escape the ambush, and he called the police. He discovered that there were other families who were on their way to learn and who also were attacked.
“This Jerusalem!” he wrote. [It is] two minutes from Hebrew University. Where are the police” Where are the authorities?
“I never felt so ashamed and helpless in my life.
“I hope the government will start to exercise its sovereignty over our capital. If we don’t stop this erosion in Beit Hanina, the rioters will get to the Mount of Olives and then Rehavia,” an upscale neighborhood near downtown Jerusalem.
We have news for Shuki. Arab attacks on Jews traveling to and from the Mount of Olives as well as the nearby Maaleh Zeitim neighborhood are almost daily events.
The establishment rarely report on them.
Because their agenda is that “United Jerusalem” includes Ramot and Gilo, maybe Talpiot, Pisgat Ze’ev and French Hill, but does not include anywhere else where Jews live in eastern, southern and northern Jerusalem.
The media silence is somewhat reminiscent of the Arab violence in Gush Katif from the 1990s until the day in the summer of 2005 that the Sharon administration expelled 9,000 Jews from Gaza and withdrew the entire military, down to the last soldier.
The establishment newspapers, website and TV and radio stations only reported violence when someone was killed or badly injured, and they twisted the reportage to push their agenda that things would be a lot more peaceful if the Jews simply would go away.
Even the media snobs in Tel Aviv know today that the result was they also had to hide in bomb shelters to protect themselves from missiles fired in Gaza.
If Israel’s media and political leaders really had learned the lesson, they would not ignore the daily violence in eastern Jerusalem that, thanks to the self-muzzling, has become a “silent intifada.”
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu last week finally broke the silence and ordered police to crack down on Arab attackers “to ensure the safety of Jerusalem.”
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat occasionally stands up and makes a nice speech that the police are not doing enough to protect Jews in eastern Jerusalem.
Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch, arguably one of the worst ministers ever to hold the portfolio, insists that his office has zero tolerance towards the rioters” and that hundreds of arrests have been carried out.
Arrests usually end up in in the revolving door, but he often claims violence is on the decrease. He usually does so at almost the same time rioters prove him wrong.
The attitude of the establishment media was best-expressed in a recent editorial in Haaretz, the left-wing bastion to which foreign media turn for their “knowledge” of Israel.
A woman and three teenage girls miraculously escaped an Arab lynch mob on Thursday afternoon in the Jerusalem A-Tur neighborhood on the Mount of Olives.
The driver of the car, a teacher, and the three teenage girls were returning from school to the Maaleh HaZeitim neighborhood at around 1:30pm, when they detoured through the A-Tur neighborhood due to congestion near Wadi Joz. The detour is a standard shortcut to avoid the Wadi Joz traffic.
Once inside the neighborhood, the driver noticed a crowd on the road. She had to stop and the car was then hit by a rock.
The rest of the Arabs then noticed them, and within seconds, the car was surround by Arabs, and the way behind them purposely blocked by another car.
The Arabs began pelting the car with large rocks from all directions. The car’s windows and the car were smashed.
The girls in the back seat covered themselves with their school knapsacks to prevent themselves from getting hit by the rocks and shattering glass.
One girl in the back seat was injured by a rock to the back.
Not yet panicking, the driver kept trying to call the police and the local security services to help them escape.
After being hit by rocks for a few minutes, the driver finally saw an opening and zoomed out of the neighborhood.
Once outside, they flagged down a police car, at which point the policeman called for an ambulance and transported two of the injured and scared girls to Shaarei Tzedek Hospital.
Police cars were then seen entering the A-Tur neighborhood.
Update: The girls have been released from the hospital.
Terrified Jewish nursery school and kindergarten children were rushed into bomb shelters in Jerusalem’s Maaleh HaZeitim neighborhood after 10 masked Arabs attacked the Jerusalem neighborhood’s complex with Molotov cocktails, fireworks and stones on Tuesday.
The Arabs specifically targeted toddlers from a nursery “Mishpacton” who were playing outside.
The teachers rushed the children inside as the Arabs began throwing explosive and rocks at the children, an angry resident told JewishPress.com.
Two other schools also rushed their children indoors as explosives landed near the schools.
The neighborhood housing complex has 4 nursery and kindergarten schools.
The crying children were rushed into the school’s bomb shelters to protect them from the attack and the loud explosions.
The police took 7 minutes to arrive. But before responding, police asked residents if anyone was actually injured in the attack.
When they did arrive, the Arab attackers ran.
Arabs have been targeting Jews in the area, both dead and alive, quite a bit recently.
Maaleh HaZeitim is located across the street from the ancient, Jewish, Mount of Olives cemetery.
On Rosh Hashana, Arabs desecrated the Gur Hassidim section of the cemetery, destroying 40 graves.
Today at 4pm, there will be a vigil held at the cemetery.
Two weeks ago, Arabs attacked a school bus full of children.
A ttacking children seems to be their preferred method of terrorism.
Residents have been complaining about the lack of security, but to little avail.
A resident caught the tail end of the attack on video:
More than 40 graves were vandalized in the ancient Jewish cemetery on the Mount of Olives in eastern Jerusalem during the Rosh HaShana holiday.
The vandalism occurred in the Ger Section cemetery, just in front of the “maarah” where the Bais Yisroel and the Lev Simcha, two rebbes of Ger, are interred.
Dozens of masked and hooded Arab youths broke surveillance cameras on Friday afternoon, the second day of Rosh Hashanah, before turning their rampage on the gravestones and graves nearby. Amongst the graves that were desecrated were those of Harav Yitzchok Meir Levine and Harav Shaul Moshe Zilberman zt”l.
Harav Levine was the world Agudah leader who served in the Knesset and was the architect of significant gains by Torah Jewry as the new Israeli state took shape. Harav Zilberman was the great tzaddik and gaon, known as the Vyereshever Rav.
According to Jews who live in the Maale Hazeitim development across the road, a police vehicle deployed nearby did not intervene until reinforcements arrived more than an hour later. When they did show up, the police simply dispersed the Arab youths. Some of the gravestones appeared to be smashed with sledgehammers, while others were turned over in a scene that was reminiscent of some of the worst anti-Semitic acts on a Jewish cemetery.
Avrohom Lubinsky, Chairman of the International Committee for the Preservation of Har Hazeisim (the Mount of Olives), called on Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu who is currently visiting the US “to end the ongoing Intifada in Yerushalyim which has now extended to the kedoshim buried on Har Hazeisim.”
Lubinsky said that the investment of tens of millions of shekalim over the past four years into security cameras and a police station is woefully inadequate at a time when local Arabs continue their lawless behavior in Yerushalayim. He pleaded with the Prime Minister to “allow the kedoshim ‘to rest in peace.’” He added: “Even your ancestors are buried there.”
Meanwhile, plans are being made for a Tefillah gathering at the site of the devastation on Tuesday September 30th at 4 p.m. In New York, the ICPHH is hoping to meet with visiting Israeli officials to register their protest.
Mr. Lubinsky said that the security situation in eastern Jerusalem has deteriorated significantly since the abduction of the three yeshiva boys at the start of the summer. This, after four years of steady improvements including the installation of 137 surveillance cameras, many of which have now been vandalized. A new police substation was established but of late the station is poorly manned and often closed for days. A security detail deployed at the Ras al Amud Square is often pulled for other duty and when it leaves the post, incidents happen, including the stoning of a school bus last week which terrified the young children.
Despite some 700 arrests in recent weeks, few of the hoodlums served any time and most were released the same day as minors. The government and Knesset have been slow to pass legislation mandating stiff sentences, according to Lubinsky. That is contributing to an atmosphere of the Wild West in eastern Yerushalayim, where 40,000 illegal structures have been built and where the chances of even receiving a traffic ticket are slim. Some have begun to wonder whether Israel has given up on eastern Yerushalayim despite the rhetoric of a “united Yerushalyim.”
Angry Jewish parents are speaking out against the government’s velvet glove approach to Arab attacks on their children’s school bus this morning (Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014) and other violence perpetrated in the Maale Zeitim (Ras el-Amud) neighborhood on Jerusalem’s Mount of Olives.
Arabs attacked dozens of small Jewish children as they traveled to school by bus in the Old City of Jerusalem.
Three masked attackers pelted a school bus filled with small children with rocks in another road terror incident, badly traumatizing the young passengers – many of whom were first graders. The side view mirror was damaged and the windshield of the bus was damaged as well.
“It’s always from the same place, the same three or four meters,” said one of the Jewish residents living in the neighborhood who spoke with JewishPress.com in an exclusive interview on Sunday. “This was very much a planned attack because they knew exactly when the bus leaves and they targeted that bus – it’s the main bus that takes the children to school. They’re just little kids …” The resident, who requested anonymity, said there were periods of quiet in the neighborhood, usually after a series of attacks.
“Sometimes what the police do is to send a squad car or someone from the local civil patrol to sit by the gates to the neighborhood. While they are stationed here, of course, nothing happens. It’s when they are not here that the attacks occur – and then we call and they come back and then the cycle starts all over again.
The resident was clear about not resting the blame with the local Arabs. “First of all, no one really knows exactly who is carrying out these attacks. Local neighbors tell us it’s ‘just kids’ from the other neighborhoods, from Silwan… but you know? It’s an ongoing communication from our neighbors that they are upset with our presence here and they will continue to make it uncomfortable for us as long as possible.
“We are upset not with them but with the security establishment, the city and the police who show a disregard for the security of our children. We need a constant police presence here – and for that matter, so does the city, when tourists are attacked just for trying to visit the graves of their ancestors.“
Israel Police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld told JewishPress.com Sunday afternoon that Border Police patrols were stepped up in the neighborhood a couple of months ago, and other security measures were taken as well. Among them was the establishment of a police point at the Mount of Olives.
Nevertheless, Rosenfeld made it clear that establishment of a static police presence in the Ras el-Amud neighborhood could only be created through a decision by Public Security Minister Yitzchak Aharonovitch.
Jerusalem City Council member Aryeh King, whose own children were on the bus, expressed outrage at the lack of a regular police presence in the neighborhood. Ma’ale Zeitim – also known as Ras el-Amud – is known as a “hot spot” in the city. The neighborhood wraps itself around the ancient Mount of Olives cemetery where some of Judaism’s foremost scholars and Torah sages are laid to rest.
Local Arabs have done their very best to prevent Jews from visiting the graves of their ancestors and sages at the sacred spot, regularly attacking citizens and tourists alike.
“Police have arrested hundreds – it may soon reach thousands,” King said on Sunday. “But there is little doubt that the policy of arrests by police is not effective. We have a great police force, but no deterrence,” he said.
“This is how Jewish residents of Jerusalem live their lives,” King added. He called for a “constant presence” instead to be established in the Arab neighborhoods in Jerusalem. Only then, King said, might the rioting be stopped at the source.