Anyone keeping up with the news, or anyone just reading this blog, will know that this subject is unfortunately a recurring one. It is a vicious circle, where the Palestinians, specifically the Palestinian leadership including Palestinian “President-for-life” Mahmoud Abbas, deliberately impute not only the worst possible motives to Israeli actions, but invent the worst possible motives, for the sole purpose of inflaming passions and inciting yet more violence.
This habit has by now become ingrained, so that even a simple accident or a suicide is immediately interpreted as murder, a lynching, and more often than not blamed on everyone’s favourite bogeyman, “the settlers”.
We saw this last week when a mosque caught fire in the West Bank. Despite the fact that it was probably an electrical fire, and no other source for the fire has yet been found, settlers were blamed for arson.
Yesterday, a Palestinian resident of Jerusalem, a bus driver, was found hanged inside his bus. As one would expect, the local Arab residents immediately called it a murder and blamed Jewish extremists. However Israeli police stated that there were no signs of foul play and no signs of violence.
This was not enough to satisfy the Palestinians’ blood lust, and they immediately went on the rampage, rioting and throwing stones and firebombs.
Police said stones and firebombs were hurled at security forces in the capital’s At-tur, Ras al-Amud and Abu Dis neighborhoods, prompting a response with riot dispersal methods, which generally means stun grenade and tear gas.
There were no immediate reports of people injured in the clashes.
The 32-year-old Palestinian driver was identified by Palestinian media as Yusuf Hassan al-Ramouni, a father of two, from Jerusalem’s At-Tur neighborhood.
His body was transferred to Hadassah Hospital in Mount Scopus and then to the Abu Kabir Forensic Institute, reports indicated.
If you’re not sure what firebombs and “simple fireworks” being thrown at houses sounds like, watch this terrifying video (h/t Zvi):
In a (non)parallel event, a Jewish man was stabbed by an Arab in Jerusalem, thankfully only moderately injured:
The 35-year-old Breslov hassid who was stabbed by an Arab terrorist in Jerusalem on Sunday continues to heal, and on Monday he was said to be in good condition at Shaare Tzedek Hospital in the capital.
At the time he was hospitalized imaging tests were conducted which indicate that he was not critically wounded, despite being stabbed in the back with a screwdriver by an Arab terrorist said to be around the age of 32.
Police continue in their search for the stabber of the hassid, who after committing the attack fled in the direction of the Damascus Gate of the Old City.
Police have already set up roadblocks to aid their attempts to locate the terrorist, and continue their efforts of scouring the area.
A short time after the attack on Sunday, Hamas’s Al-Aqsa TV played a message from the terrorist group welcoming the attack and calling it a “natural reaction to the occupation crimes.”
The attack comes as part of a recent string of Arab terrorism sweeping Israel and Jerusalem in particular, with six Israelis murdered and dozens others wounded by attacks over the course of this month so far.
Interestingly, we haven’t seen any signs of Israeli Jews going on the rampage, looting, throwing stones or firebombing, and we certainly don’t hear one word of incitement against Arabs from the Israeli authorities.
On the contrary, we hear the Prime Minister insisting that he won’t change the status quo on the Temple Mount, contrary to the lies that we hear regularly from Abbas, King Abdullah, and others. Just watch this short video which clearly explains the reality of the status quo (h/t Reality):
I am of the opinion that it is about time that we indeed changed the status quo. Keeping things as they are, with Jews forbidden to pray on the Mount and strictly limited in their visiting hours, while allowing unlimited visits and freedom of worship to the Muslims, has not relieved tensions at all. On the contrary, on Friday, after Netanyahu lifted all limitations on Muslim prayer, thousands of Palestinians rioted and protested around Israel. And on Saturday night they rioted in Jerusalem. For what? Do they honestly need an excuse?
And if they don’t need an excuse, perhaps it’s about time we gave them an excuse. Jewish prayer rights and expanded access to the Temple Mount should be implemented forthwith. The Muslims are rioting anyway. At least they’ll have a genuine reason this time.