Skip to comments.Jews Attacked in Jerusalem Firebomb Barrage
Posted on 04/18/2012 4:48:40 PM PDT by SJackson
On Sunday evening, Jewish homes in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Maale HaZeitim were attacked with a barrage of Molotov cocktails, causing damage to property.
Miraculously, no injuries were reported, though some neighborhood children who were nearby the attack reported being traumatized by the event. The attacker managed to throw approximately 10 homemade bombs at apartment buildings belonging to the Jewish neighborhood, before being scared off by a guard who fired his weapon in the air.
Maale HaZeitim is situated on the historic Mount of Olives, just south of the ancient Jewish cemetery containing 150,000 graves, including that of former Prime Minister Menachem Begin, Rabbi Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook, the Ohr HaChaim, the prophetess Hulda, Hebrew language luminary Eliezer Ben Yehuda, and Hadassah founder Henrietta Szold. It is also nestled in the Arab neighborhood of Ras al-Amoud, and has been the site of previous attacks.
Between the buildings of Maale HaZeitim there is a courtyard which is detached from the street. Here children and residents are secure. But the back of the neighborhood is vulnerable to attack.
The six apartment buildings of Maale HaZeitim contain 100 apartments, many of which feature views on the Old City of Jerusalem and on the Temple Mount. Residents frequently walk to and from the Old City, which is just 15 minutes away by foot, and a few minutes ride on the Egged bus which makes stops at the community throughout the day.
I was sitting in our living room watching a television show and I saw something I thought was fireworks, but they were so close to our apartment, Miriam, a 10 year resident of Maale HaZeitim, told the Jewish Press. I called the police . There was a fire below our garden. Though Miriam and her family have experienced numerous attacks since moving to the new neighborhood a decade ago including the throwing of large rocks at her car by neighborhood Arabs as she drove with her children I dont know if you can ever get used to it, she said.
While attempted violence against Jews in Maale HaZeitim has increased since Operation Cast Lead in late 2008, according to Miriam, she says police vigilance in the area has also risen. Weve had other attacks were Ive called the police and they didnt even send a car. Last night, they sent lots of Jerusalem police and border police, she said. But as long as theres an Arab population next to us and they feel like theyre the bosses as long as there is growing extremism, well continue to face these things.
A plaque in the neighborhood reads: "The Maale HaZeitim neighborhood was liberated by Dr. Irving and Cherna Moskowitz with the help of Matityahu Dan of Ateret Kohanim and was built by the Kedumim 3000 company - Mr. Nisan Chakshuri, Yitchak Adiv, and Nachman Zoldan, Eve of Rosh HaShanna 5771
Aryeh King, eastern Jerusalem activist and Director of the Israel Land Fund, decried the attack as the fault of local Israeli authorities. The decline in security throughout Jerusalem has not spared Pisgat Zeev, Ramot, Shmuel HaNavi and yesterday, a targeted terror attack took place on the Maale HaZeitim neighborhood, King told the Jewish Press. This is the result of the lack of decisiveness and will to come in contact with the terrorists. This policy is directed by the police chief of Jerusalem. This policy causes the decline of Israeli sovereignty in the various Jerusalem neighborhoods, and the increase in the last months of attacks against Jews.
MK Dr. Aryeh Eldad told the Jewish Press: In the last few months we are seeing a total degradation of the security situation in the Mount of Olives region. There was a case recently of an almost-lynch, where 15 youths ambushed a car by throwing paint on the windows and pelting the car with rocks. In Beit HaChoshen, one resident has had his car burned 4 times. Every day tombs are desecrated at the cemetary. Even in French Hill students are afraid to leave their dorms at night. Last night, an Arab came to the Maale HaZeitim neighborhood with 10 Molotive cocktails in a bag, then he lit a fire so that he could easily ignite his weapons. He then threw 7 cocktails. The security saw him and shot in the air, but when the police came, and the only thing that bothered the cops is why the security fired! Nisso Shacham, the Jerusalem police chief is afraid of bad media. He wants to be national Police chief one day so he keeps a low profile, although he knows how to deal with the problem.
Prior to the recent Passover holiday, a new police station was inaugurated on the Mount of Olives. Minister of Internal Security Yitzhak Aharonovitch (Israel Our Home party) emphasized that the establishment of the station on the Mount of Olives is strategically important, and that it will serve to increase the security of residents and those visiting the area.
Despite the complicated nature of life in eastern Jerusalem, Miriam and her family have never questioned staying on in their neighborhood. Nobody ever talks about leaving. I think the kids feel like they are living in a unique place with a purpose, Miriam said. I see us as a microcosm of Israel there are people all around us who dont want us to be here. We are not talking about leaving.
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Those Amish are sure violent people./heavy sarcasm
Unfortunately, stories such as these about Arab violence against Jewish civilians in Israel - a very common occurrence - generally get very little media media play unless Jewish life is lost. Yet even these “minor” incidents have a significant impact on everyday civilian life there.
All homes in Israel must be made with Jerusalem stone. A Molotov cocktail would not do much damage.
Maale HaZeitim is situated on the historic Mount of Olives, just south of the ancient Jewish cemetery containing 150,000 graves, including that of former Prime Minister Menachem Begin, Rabbi Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook, the Ohr HaChaim, the prophetess Hulda, Hebrew language luminary Eliezer Ben Yehuda, and Hadassah founder Henrietta Szold.Zechariah as well, according to legend, although the burial site purported during Byzantine times turned up a while back.
Time for Operation Price Tag again.
Stinkin Bast*rds! I’m so tired of the danged violence and those idiot leftists that just defend these murderers. Please O’ Lord protect all my Jewish friends, my daughter, son-in-law and other family that stand strong against this daily violence. Please keep them in your hands.
Should have shot him while he was holding the MC and let him cook himself.
(see the one near the prison near ramallah?)
What? non-Arabs are the victim? (sarcasm on)
Since most Jews are reservists and have military firearms, why don’t they shoot the bastards?
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