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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.

8-year-old Struck and Killed by School Bus

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

An eight year old boy was struck and killed Tuesday morning in a school parking lot by a school bus in Kibbutz Kfar Menachem, near the southern city of Kiryat Malachi.

The accident occurred as the boy was crossing at a crosswalk. The driver said he did not see the child, according to Israel public radio. Although medical and emergency rescue responders were at the scene immediately, resuscitation attempts failed to revive the boy.

Teachers and students at the child’s school were badly traumatized by the incident, which came only a day after a six year old girl was struck and killed by a mini-bus in the northern Jerusalem neighborhood of Shuafat. The driver of the mini-bus was arrested and questioned. The investigation is continuing in Kibbutz Kfar Menachem.

Travel Terror Again Aimed at Jerusalem Light Rail

Sunday, September 14th, 2014

Arab terrorists were again hurling rocks at the Jerusalem Light Rail on Sunday, this time in three separate attacks, all taking place in the northern neighborhood of Shuafat.

No one was physically injured in the attacks, although riders were traumatized and rail cars were damaged. Nevertheless, the CityPass company reports that the train will continue to operate as usual.

Another Qawasmeh Hamas Member Arrested in Murder of 3 Israeli Teens

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

Another Hamas suspect has been arrested in connection with the June 12 abduction and murder of three Israeli teens in Gush Etzion. Hebron resident Fares Qawasmeh, a 31-year-old doctor, is accused of being involved in planning the murder.

Qawasmeh was taken into custody by Palestinian Authority security forces, according to a report broadcast Tuesday on Israel’s Channel 10 television news.

The report was later confirmed in a post on the Twitter social networking site by Qatar-based senior Hamas official Hussam Badran. “The only crime Qawasmeh committed was to speak for Hamas at the victory celebrations for Gaza after the fighting against Israel,” Badran tweeted.

A number of local Arab residents aided the Qawasmeh family in carrying out the plot by hiding and sheltering the fugitives. Among them was Wael Qarameh, indicted by Israeli authorities in late August on charges of harboring a fugitive – Hebron resident Hussam Qawasmeh, who was indicted last week on multiple charges for masterminding the abduction and murder.

Qawasmeh, a Hebron resident was arrested on July 11 in a joint Shin Bet – IDF sting operation in the northern Jerusalem neighborhood of Shuafat. He had fled his home with the aid of friends and relatives in hopes of trying to make his way to Jordan on the strength of a false ID. Shuafat is the same Arab neighborhood where massive violence tore apart three Jerusalem Light Rail stations following the murder of a young Arab teen, the day after the bodies of the three Israeli teens were found.

Hussam Qawasmeh confessed under interrogation to having masterminded the plot to kidnap and murder the teens, and to having obtained financing for the operation from Hamas in Gaza. He admitted to having obtained false identity papers and fleeing as soon as the bodies of the three murder victims were unearthed from their hurriedly dug, shallow stony graves in the field he purchased in Halhul, along Highway 60 north of Hebron.

Marwan Qawasmeh – his kinsman – and Amar Abu Aisha, both also residents of Hebron, are suspected of being the ones to having joyfully carried out those plans. The actual gunshots that murdered the boys and the celebrations of their attackers after the murders in the getaway car were heard on a recording made on a police hotline via a call from one of the boys as he desperately sought rescue. The two murderers, meanwhile, remain at large.

Security sources revealed after last week’s indictment that Hussam Qawasmeh received a total of approximately NIS 200,000 ($61,500) from his brother in Gaza, Hamas terrorist Mahmoud Ali to pay for the operation. The costs included two vehicles – the abduction car and the getaway car – as well as four firearms and other expenses. Mahmoud was one of more than 1,000 Arab inmates freed in an October 2011 prisoner swap deal with Israel in exchange for the return of former IDF soldier Gilad Shalit, who was kidnapped by Hamas and allied terrorists in 2006.

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.

Jerusalem Arabs Take Potshots at Jewish Neighborhood

Sunday, September 7th, 2014

Arabs from the Jerusalem neighborhood of Shuafat shot randomly at the Pisgat Ze’ev area Friday evening, blasting s hole in a car windshield and shooting at least one bullet in a garden

No one was injured. And police have not arrested suspects.

The gunshots were as repeat of an incident two weeks ago when a round of bullets from Shuafat hit Pisgat Ze’ev.
Arabs from the same area also recently have attacked the light rail system in Jerusalem at least 40 times.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/jerusalem-arabs-take-potshots-at-jewish-neighborhood/2014/09/07/

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