The CityPass company that owns and manages the Jerusalem Light Rail has implemented a new zero-tolerance policy for Arab violence aimed at the passenger line.
Guards on the train and inside train stations are now being instructed to act with zero tolerance against Arabs suspected of perpetrating attacks against the Light Rail.
Two Arab suspects were asked a short time ago to undergo a brief security check. They refused and instead attacked the guards. Within seconds, both found themselves on the ground, neutralized by the Light Rail guards, who held them until Israel Police arrived to take them into custody.
According to the Hebrew-language 0404 website, Long before the murder of Shuafat teen Mohamed Abu Kdeir this summer, Arabs attacked Light Rail guards, refused spot checks and cursed and attacked citizens riding on the train. They nevertheless were allowed to benefit from the service available to other riders.
Eyewitnesses told “0404” the suspects were screaming in order to create a provocation.
“No one started up with them,” one person said. “They attacked first, (when guards attempted a security check) and then they arrested them. They were screaming like crazy.”
Light Rail guards who are very professional and effective in their work have been given instructions that from this point forward, the safety and serenity of the riders on the train is to be maintained at all costs.