Saturday, November 08, 2014

08-Nov-14: Tonight: rocks, boulders, fire-bombs, rioters

Jerusalem, yesterday [Image Source]
The terror waged on ordinary Israelis in the name of Palestinian Arab "rage" makes for dangerous times. The attacks and injuries around Israel tonight exemplify how law and order are unraveling with the steady escalation of incitement to violence from Arab quarters. All of the following happened tonight and are reported by Israel National News and Times of Israel.
  • Palestinian Arabs hurled rocks and explosives at police and Border Police officers in Jerusalem's Ras al-Amud neighborhood. Police arrested two and dispersed the rioters. 
  • Rock-hurling Palestinian Arabs targeted Israeli vehicles after the end of Sabbath tonight in the vicinity of Shiloh Junction in the Binyamin region of Samaria, north of Jerusalem. A three-year-old toddler traveling in a car was among several Israelis injured in one of those rock-hurling volleys; he was taken to Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital in Jerusalem with head injuries.
  • A bus traveling on Route 65 near the police station in Wadi Ara came under rock attack from Palestinian Arab rioters. Two passengers on board the bus are injured.
  • A different bus traveling along Route 5, a major highway, near Barkan in northern Samaria (Shomron), struck a barrier on the side of the road after Palestinian Arab attackers pelted it with large rocks and the driver lost control of his vehicle. Three passengers are injured and treated on the spot by Magen David Adom paramedics before being ambulanced to Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikvah.
  • Dozens of Palestinian Arab rioters hurled rocks and fireworks at police and security forces in the A-Tur neighbourhood of Jerusalem. Israel Police has deployed riot-control teams in the area, and there have been arrests.
  • There are three additional rock-throwing attacks on Jerusalem Light Rail trams tonight, all in the Palestinian Arab Beit Hanina community in Jerusalem's north. There are no injuries but carriage damage is reported and there have been arrests.
  • In Jerusalem's Ral al-Amud neighbourhood, near Silwan, there are still more riots. This time, security forces were targeted with rocks and firebombs. There are arrests.
  • Police officers shot dead a knife-wielding attacker after he repeatedly lunged at a police car with a knife in his hand. The attack is captured in a video on YouTube here (bear the images in mind when reading "‘My son’s killer is inhuman,’ says slain Arab man’s father", a Times of Israel interview). Riots among Arab residents of his community followed, and have been keeping police busy tonight. During Saturday, according to a Times of Israel report, Israel Police "decided to raise the national alert level to the second highest following riots that broke out in the Galilean town of Kafr Kanna in response to police killing Friday of an Arab man. Israel’s Arab sector has called a one-day strike Sunday in protest of the killing."
In other parts of the world, the violence is interpreted in creative ways:
Palestinians are extremely angry at Israeli settler raids (sic) on the al-Aqsa Mosque compound and restrictions imposed by Tel Aviv (sic) on Muslim worshippers’ access to the holy Islamic site. They accuse Tel Aviv of attempts to Judaize al-Quds, which Palestinians see as the capital of their future independent state. [PressTV (Iran), November 8, 2014]

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