An eight-year-old Jerusalem Arab boy is learning to become a terrorist; he was caught hurling rocks Wednesday (July 22) at Border Police officers in Jerusalem’s Mount of Olives cemetery.
The officers became aware of the tender youth of their attacker only after the rocks began flying their way, forcing them to seek the identity of the terrorist targeting their station.
A spokesperson for the Jerusalem police force called on the child’s parents and local leadership to protect the children in the area and ensure their safety by preventing them from becoming involved in violence that could put their lives and those of others at risk.
The spokesperson added the Jerusalem Police force regrets that children are being introduced into the cycle of crime and feel the need to carry out acts of violence against police.
The Mount of Olives has been a flash spot for Arab violence. Jewish visitors to the ancient cemetery have become apprehensive about visiting the resting place of their ancestors due to the danger of approaching the area.
Repeated attacks by local Arabs who enter the cemetery and smash the headstones have raised little more than a “tsk tsk” from government authorities despite the terrible damage and expense that is caused.
This past April, three Israel Police officers were injured by an Arab vehicle terrorist who targeted them in an attack on the Mount of Olives.
Two female officers and one male officer were taken to Shaare Tzedek Medical Center after they were struck by the vehicle. First responders were forced to flee the area after they came under fire by Arabs hurling rocks and firebombs at them.
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat was similarly attacked by Arabs hurling rocks as he drove to the scene as well.
It is said that during the time of Moshiach (Messiah), the resurrection of the dead will begin from the Mount of Olives. For that reason, the ancient cemetery has been the resting place of choice for Torah Sages for some 3,000 years.