Police Erect Barrier in Palestinian East Jerusalem Area to Protect Jews From Attacks

The wall in the Palestinian neighborhood of Jabal Mukkaber is meant prevent stone- and firebomb-throwers from targeting residents of an adjacent Jewish neighborhood.

Olivier Fitoussi

Israeli police have erected a tall concrete barrier within the Palestinian East Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabal Mukkaber, to protect residents of the nearby Jewish neighborhood of Armon Hanatziv from rock and firebomb attacks.  

The wall, which consists of six concrete parts covered in Jerusalem stone, resembles the West Bank separation fence. It was erected outside Armon Hanatziv, far enough into Jabal Mukkaber to separate between houses in the neighborhood. Police are expected to lengthen the barrier in the coming days. 

Residents of Armon Hanatziv have complained in the past about feeling unsafe, a situation that grew worse after the death of a motorist, Alexander Levlovich, who lost control of his car after Palestinian assailants threw rocks at the vehicle while he was driving in the neighborhood last month. The incident was followed by a wave of violence that spread across Israel.

Several of the perpetrators of the recent attacks were residents of Jabal Mukkaber, including Ala’a Abu Jamal, who rammed his car into a bus stop before going on a stabbing spree on Malchei Yisrael Street in the capital on Tuesday. A Jerusalem resident, Yeshayahu Krishevsky, 59, was killed in the attack.  

The same day, two Israelis were killed in a terror attack in Armon Hanatziv. Two Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem who boarded a bus near the entrance to Jabal Mukkaber stabbed and shot at passengers, killing two men, aged 78 and 45, and wounding seven others, two of them seriously. One of the assailants was shot dead by police, while the other was seriously wounded. 

Concrete road block installed outside Jabal Mukkaber in East Jerusalem.
Olivier Fitoussi

Meanwhile on Sunday, the Association for Civil Rights in Israel mapped out the roadblocks that police have installed in East Jerusalem in recent days, finding that 11 roads in the area have been entirely closed to traffic.

In addition to the roadblocks, several manned checkpoints have been placed across East Jerusalem, causing traffic jams and delays. The situation was at its worst in the Zur Baher and Umm Tuba neighborhoods, where residents have reported a two-hour wait at checkpoints.