Jewish Graves Vandalized on Jerusalem's Mount of Olives

Firefighters also skirmish with youths after putting out a fire in the Issawiya neighborhood.

Olivier Fittousi

Graves in the Jewish cemetery on the Mount of Olives were vandalized Tuesday night, while in other East Jerusalem neighborhoods Palestinian youths clashed with police and firefighters.

Firefighters said they put out the brush fire and then noticed that some of the headstones had been smashed.

The fire stemmed from arson, the fire service said. Over the past year, several gravestones in the cemetery had already been destroyed.

On Wednesday afternoon, firefighters were attacked after putting out a fire and saving a mother and four children from a burning house in East Jerusalem’s Issawiya neighborhood. After the fire had been put out, Palestinian youths threw stones at the firefighters and the police accompanying them. No one was injured.

On Monday night, dozens of youths in East Jerusalem's Silwan neighborhood threw stones at police and settlers after settlers took over a large structure in the neighborhood. The police fired rubber-coated bullets and stun grenades, arresting three.