by Yaakov Levi
Terror attacks in Jerusalem have grown exponentially over the past few months, a Shabak (Israel Security Service) report Monday said.
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Among the incidents that took place in recent weeks were sniper fire at the Pisgat Ze'ev neighborhood, firebombs at Jewish homes in Abu-Tor, and numerous incidents of rock-throwing at light rail cars. On Sunday night, one of the more serious incidents took place, with Arab rioters trying to blow up a gas station in the northeastern neighborhood of French Hill. It was only by way of a miracle that a massive explosion was averted, says Jerusalem Councilman Aryeh King.
"Muslim terror is raising its head in French Hill," King told Arutz Sheva on Monday. "A huge disaster was averted yesterday towards midnight, when no fewer than 40 Arab terrorists broke in to the French Hill gas station and tried to set off the fuel stores.”
Sunday's attack came on the background of the shooting of an Arab rioter in Jerusalem last week. The Arab was critically injured as police shot back at the rock-throwing Arab, and was pronounced dead at Hadassah Hospital over the weekend, sparking renewed rioting.
Perhaps surprisingly, the Shabak report said, there was much more violence in Jerusalem during the course of Operation Protective Edge than there was in Judea and Samaria. Police have tried to contain rioting incidents and to avoid friction even as large numbers of officers using force entered neighborhoods where rioting was rampant, the report said.
The incidents do not seem to be directed by an organized group, the report said, and in fact most of the incidents appear to be very spontaneous. Although the data would seem to indicate that a third intifada was brewing, the report said that this was not the case. So far, more than 600 Palestinians have been arrested on charges related to rioting, and 200 indictments handed down.
Many of those arrests stemmed from incidents in which Arabs threw rocks at light rail trains. Some 90 such incidents have been reported since the beginning of July, with hundreds of incidents reported. Over a third of the cars on the light rail have been damaged in these incidents.
There were 90 rail injury incidents, including throwing Molotov cocktails and stones. More than a third of the trains were shut down because of this. Found in several vehicles were torched by Jewish residents and the adjacent neighborhood of Abu Tor Molotov cocktails were thrown into the houses of the Jews.
Even at the houses of the Jews in Silwan, Molotov cocktails and stones as Ma'ale Adumim. The incidents took momentum after Jerusalem bulldozer attack in early August, then hit a tractor on a public bus in which he was at that time only the driver. Where he was pronounced dead a pedestrian was hit the tractor. A policeman shot dead a terrorist event and probably prevented many more civilian casualties.
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