The Jerusalem Light Rail was again targeted by Arab terrorists tonight (Sunday, Nov. 9), this time in the northern neighborhood of Beit Hanina, next to the usually-rioting northern Jerusalem neighborhood of Shuafat.
Arabs in Beit Hanina were hurling rocks at the Light Rail as it passed through the neighborhood, despite the fact that the train serves commuters and students there as well.
During the past several months of intense Arab violence aimed at the Light Rail in Shuafat, residents in nearby Beit Hanina have mostly refrained from adding more fuel to the fire. However, as the situation escalates, it appears that Arabs in Beit Hanina may be losing their ability to remain neutral in what has become a Jerusalem intifada.
Tonight, one of the targeted passenger cars was damaged and people on the train were traumatized but no physical injuries were reported. Each time a car is damaged, the train’s CityPass company owner is forced to reduce service in order to carry out repairs, which cost a minimum of four to five thousand shekels to start. Hundreds of thousands of shekels have been wasted since the beginning of the summer due to damage from Arab terror attacks aimed at the Light Rail.
Israel Police launched a search of the area to hunt down the perpetrators, who could be sentenced to a prison term of up to 20 years’ incarceration if they are convicted under the newly-amended travel terror laws.