A Weekend of Violence: Spike in Attacks on Jews Amid Jerusalem Friction

Reports of beatings, stone throwing and firebombs across the capital but no medical treatment was required in any incident

Nir Hasson
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Weekend clashes in Jerusalem
Weekend clashes in JerusalemCredit: Emil Salman
Nir Hasson
Nir Hasson

Violence in Jerusalem continued to spiral over the weekend, with reports of several attacks on Jews in the city ranging from firebombs to beatings. 

On Saturday, one man was attacked by two suspects in Park Hamesila in Jerusalem. Police officers who arrived at the scene arrested the suspects and they were taken for questioning.

Another Jewish man in East Jerusalem was beaten by a group of Palestinian youths on Friday, and managed to flee the scene.

A number of Jewish people also reported being attacked on their way to prayers at the Western Wall. All of them escaped without injury.

Also on Friday evening, a Palestinian was detained by police on suspicion of slapping two Jewish pedestrians in the center of the city. The two victims were armed and drew a weapon, and the suspect fled. He later arrived at the police station to lodge a complaint and was arrested on suspicion of instigating the attack on the two.

Meanwhile, attackers threw stones and confronted two Jewish pedestrians in the East Jerusalem neighborhood French Hill.

In the Beit Dvash settlement in the Silwan neighborhood of East Jerusalem, Jewish residents reported having firebombs and stones thrown at them, with one person being hit in the head by a stone thrown at his home. In two separate incidents, fights broke out between security guards and Palestinian residents. Police who arrived at the scene used riot dispersal methods. 

There were reports of a number of cars belonging to Jewish Israelis being pelted with stones while driving through Palestinian neighborhoods.

There were no reports of injuries requiring medical treatment in any of the incidents.

The escalation, initiated by far-right Jewish extremist group Lehava on Thursday when they called for people to take to the streets to protect "Jewish honor", has left over 100 Palestinians injured, and at least 50 people arrested, including both Jewish extremists and Palestinians. 

On Friday evening, following Ramadan prayers at the Temple Mount, clashes broke out between hundreds of Palestinian youth and police forces. According to a police statements, the Palestinians threw stones and set off fireworks. Four officers were injured and received treatment at the scene. 

Clashes also broke out in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiyah. Police used riot dispersal methods to clear the scene.

Last week, a group of Palestinians viciously attacked a Jewish man in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Wadi al-Joz. He had been sitting in a car when people began banging on the vehicle and throwing stones at it.

After the driver got out and tried to flee, he fell and Palestinian youths kicked him while he was on the ground, according to witnesses and video from the scene. He was evacuated to a hospital and the car was later set on fire.