The local Israeli news have been filled in recent days with reports of stone-throwing, molotov cocktails being hurled, car-jacking and general violence by Palestinian Arabs against Israeli Jews, reflecting a huge rise in terror .
In widely broadcast local news this week we heard that Avigail Ben Zion, an Israeli toddler, received a serious head injury from a rock thrown by local Arabs at her mother’s car as it entered the Armon Hanatziv neighbourhood in Jerusalem:
“Over the past few months we have been seeing an increase in violence by Palestinians in several neighborhoods in Jerusalem, especially in the form of rock and Molotov cocktail attacks,” a senior police officer told Israel Hayom on Thursday.
Thank G-d the little girl is on the road to recovery and the rock-throwers were arrested, but the even worse news is that the assailants admit that their motive was Jew-hatred.
This Jew-hatred can occasionally rebound on their own people: A Muslim family were almost lynched by Palestinians on the same road where Avigail Ben Zion was injured – because “they looked Jewish”:
“They tried to pull us out of the car and hit us, it seemed they were intent on lynching us. They tried opening the doors and my wife begged them to leave us alone. She spoke to them in Arabic and only then did they understand that we ourselves are Arabs, and left us alone. I hit the gas and drove away as fast as possible.”
Rebounding on their own includes injuring an extreme-leftist Israeli activist in a rock-throwing attack too:
Daniel Seidemann, an extreme leftist activist who founded the NGOs Ir Amim and Terrestrial Jerusalem, was reportedly struck by a rock thrown through his car window on Saturday, as he drove through an Arab neighborhood in Jerusalem. He was wounded in the back of his head, requiring stitches.
The even worse news is that Seidemann blames ….. Israel and the occupation. Colour me shocked. Not.
Do you want to know what it looks like when someone is about to try to murder you with a rock? Watch this:
Arabs from the neighborhood of Issawiya, on Mount Scopus in Jerusalem, have stepped up their daily attacks on students studying at the adjacent Hebrew University campus and on Jews in general, a student tells Arutz Sheva.
Tom Nisani, a political science student, used the term “war zone” to describe the campus and told Arutz Sheva that the situation has become an “impossible” one: “Since the academic year began,” he said, “we have been witnessing repeated attacks near the dormitories. It can be harassment of the girls or worse – the throwing of firebombs into the university grounds. Only last week, a woman was injured here as she drove on the university’s perimeter road. Her car is simply full of holes.”
Another incident which almost ended in tragedy occurred this week when an Israeli woman was car-jacked near the community of Dolev, and her car was driven off with her 1-year old baby still inside. Her husband tracked down the car-thieves and found the car with the baby thankfully unhurt still sleeping inside.
The common denominator in all these attacks is not only the lawlessness and Jew-hatred of the local Palestinians and Arabs who feel free to literally run riot over Israel’s roads, but the helplessness, hap-handedness and general apathy of the Israeli police to enforce the law in Arab neighbourhoods before someone is hurt. Seth Frantzman addresses this subject, as does Varda Epstein in an excellent hard-hitting article at Israellycool.
We know what’s going on here: our government fears to upset the international community so it doesn’t defend its citizens and doesn’t allow its citizens to defend themselves. If the police arrest Arab boys for rock-throwing, the world is going to scream to the heavens, call it Apartheid, and talk about little boys at “play” being treated like the criminals they are by the IDF or the Israeli police.
But ah, when a little girl is hurt in the head, then the government feels it has a little leeway to act against the perpetrators. Then the police will work hard to catch those terrorists no matter their nationality or age.
It’s time for the Israeli government and its police force to get their priorities straight. The number one priority should be ensuring the safety of Israelis and Jews. Because we already know that the world will not. Witness the Geneva agreement.
Varda also mentions the huge rise in terror attacks and casualties throughout Judea and Samaria:
Yigal Lahav, the mayor of Karnei Shomron in Samaria, who was present at the discussion, said afterward that the officer said there had been a 120% rise in the number of casualties. Lahav said the IDF should put up more fences and lighting, and it should catch rock- and firebomb-throwers and punish them more severely. In addition, he said, the Finance Ministry must provide funds for reinforced buses and cars, so that they can withstand these attacks.
MK Moti Yogev (Jewish Home) said after the session that “there is a rise in casualties because there are more Jewish residents in Judea and Samaria but less protection for the residents. Central Command must defeat the terror attacks and increase the feeling of security: make sure that a youth who throws rocks goes to jail for 5 years and stop the revolving door policy.
When do the police become pro-active? When Jews want to exercise their religious rights anywhere which the Palestinians claim are theirs, or are “sensitive sites”. So the police stamped out a huge menorah made from sandbags and candles at Mevaseret Adumim, also known as E1, because, you know, the Arabs… boo hoo. Here’s the beautiful but oh-so-threatening Menorah:
Matters are more egregious at Jewish holy places like the Temple Mount. For example, on Sunday the police closed the Temple Mount to visitors after Arabs rioted because the Jews dared to sing (gasp!) Hannukah songs!
Israeli police closed the Temple Mount Sunday after Jewish visitors to the Mount – which is Judaism’s holiest site and the exact spot of the events of the Hanukkah holiday – broke out into Hanukkah songs, enraging Muslim worshippers.
Following the song a scuffle broke out between Jews and Muslims. Four people were arrested.
Police have decided to close the Mount to all visitors until further notice.
Elder of Ziyon has a detailed post and video describing the outrageous behaviour of both the Palestinians and the Israeli police against innocent Israeli citizens simply trying to exercise their human and religious rights and pray at their holiest shrine.
A group that attempted to ascend to the Temple Mount and light a menorah there was stopped by police, and they instead lit it at the Kotel. Arab media had been warning about this for days, saying the Jews would bring a “Talmudic candlestick” to the Mount.
Now the Arab media published dozens of photos of menorahs at the Kotel and in the Old City, in order to incite their readers. because to them, any Jew in Jerusalem doing anything Jewish must be stopped; the Temple Mount is only one venue.
The gall of the Arabs and the cringing reaction of the police to the Arab incitement and violence is beneath contempt. Instead of arresting the rioters the police simply remove the Jews. After all, everyone knows the Jews won’t riot, destroy property or start a war.
If the police would leap into action with the same urgency when confronted with Arab stone-throwers and Palestinian launchers of Molotov cocktails at Israeli motorists, not to mention confronting the inciters and violent behaviour of the Muslims at Jewish holy sites, Israel would be a much safer and more law-abiding place for all Israeli citizens.