ANALYSIS: What’s behind the new wave of violence in Jerusalem?

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Palestinians gesture during a protest against comments by French President Emmanuel Macron defending cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed, outside the Dome of the Rock in the al-Aqsa mosque compound, Islam's third holiest site, in the Old City of Jerusalem, on October 30, 2020. (Photo by Ahmad GHARABLI / AFP)

Assessment: Daily attacks and even frequent riots by Arabs in and around the Old City of Jerusalem have largely gone under-reported in the media …

Watching the news shows broadcasted by Israel’s three major TV stations one could easily come to the conclusion that internal political affairs or the many cases of crime are the most important issues to be reported on these days.

And, when the very tense and explosive situation in Jerusalem is addressed there is hardly any mentioning of the root causes of the escalating violence by Palestinian Arabs.

Maor Tzemach, chairman of the NGO Your Jerusalem. this week harshly criticized the Israeli media for their hush-hush reporting on Arab violence in Jerusalem. He claimed the media were wary to report the harsh reality on the ground because they don’t want to embarrass the current government that has an Arab Islamist party and a far-left party in its ranks.

“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: “May they prosper who love you. Psalm 122:6 

Let’s now take a look at this harsh reality on the ground and at what is driving the current riots near Jerusalem’s Old City.

Every single day in the last period, Israeli police and officers of the Border Police had to deal with hundreds of rioting Arabs who come to the so-called Damascus Gate (Sha’ar Shechem in Hebrew) to throw stones and Molotov cocktails at Israeli Jews and police officers.

On Wednesday, for example, the police arrested 22 Arabs and had to fire warning shots in the air in an effort to disperse the violent crowds.

The rioters threw stones at passing Israeli cars while a bus was also stoned shattering some of its windows. Read More @ Arutz Sheva HERE

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