Jerusalem Arabs set ablaze a police station next to the Lions’ Gate in the capital’s Old City on Wednesday. Aryeh King, nationalist Jerusalem city councilman and member of the municipality’s Emergency and Security Committee, was present at the attack and managed to document it. According to King, police officers fled the scene. “Unfortunately the prime minister is instructing the authorities to avoid eastern Jerusalem, and these are the results,” charged King. “Last night the funeral of a terrorist was held there, they marched from the Mount of Olives towards the Lions’ Gate attacking everything in their path and didn’t let Jews pass,” reported King. He adds that once the group arrived at Lions’ Gate they burned the police station.
King, who lives in Maaleh Zeitim on the Mount of Olives, noted that the incident merely highlights an endemic failure of the capital’s security. “The security in eastern Jerusalem is abandoned, women don’t dare go to the mikveh (ritual bath) in Armon Hanatziv, in Park Hamesilah next to Beit Tzafafa people are robbed in broad daylight,” commented King. The Jerusalem councilman added that Arab residents “build wherever they want,” without enforcement of the building laws.
As for reports that US Secretary of State John Kerry wants to create an Arab capital for the Palestinian Authority (PA) by dividing Jerusalem, King called the proposal “a delusional step that testifies as to how disconnected he is.” “After all, the light rail passes through Beit Hanina, so suddenly the train will pass in a different country?” questioned King. “There are tens of thousands of Jews there, in the adjacent Nave Ya’akov, in Pisgat Ze’ev and also in Beit Hanina.” “The Americans are disconnected from reality,” charged King. “Don’t they understand the Arabs don’t want eastern Jerusalem? They want all of Jerusalem.”
Police arrested three Arab rioters Tuesday morning on suspicion of throwing rocks and firecrackers at police on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, right after police opened the Rambam Gate entrance to the Mount. Two police officers were wounded and are being taken to Sha’arei Tzedek Hospital. According to Kikar HaShabbat, dozens of Muslims began throwing rocks and fireworks at police once the gate, which is the only entrance through which Jews may enter the Mount, was opened. A police force dispersed the rioters through the use of stun grenades. Police have closed the Mount to Jewish visitors as a result of the riots, which have a direct connection to talks over religious freedom at the Mount due to commence Tuesday. Israeli police Tuesday entered the Temple Mount area to disperse stone-throwing Arab rioters, a police spokesman said. Police used stun grenades to disperse the rioters, Micky Rosenfeld told AFP, explaining that there was “high tension” ahead of discussions expected in the Knesset later Tuesday regarding the Temple Mount
The Jerusalem District Court sentenced two Shu’afat residents Tuesday who are convicted of launching firebombs at police forces on the Temple Mount in March 2013. The two were convicted after confessing to conspiracy to commit a crime, manufacturing weapons and aggravated assault. One was sentenced to a conditional suspended sentence of six and a half years’ imprisonment, the other was sentenced to 32 months in prison. According to the indictment, one of the Molotov cocktails hit the vest of Officer Binyamin Koretzky, setting him alight. At the time, Koretzky was on duty with a SWAT team who had entered the mount to stop rioting. “I saw a ball of fire and flames began consuming my equipment and my uniform,” the officer recounted. He fell to his knees in an attempt to extinguish himself, then rolled on the ground. Eventually, fellow officers managed to help him extinguish the flames by pouring water on him and patting out the fire. His leg was burned and he left to find help. Luckily, Koretzky said, the only mark that remained was a small scar on his leg. His equipment was protected by fire retardant casings.
President Obama announced late Friday night that the U.S. will provide a $1 billion loan guarantee to Jordan, money meant to help the nation deal with the flood of refugees that have crossed over from Syria to escape a bloody civil war.
Mr. Obama made the announcement during a bilateral meeting with Jordan’s King Abdullah II at a private retreat in Rancho Mirage, Calif. The president also said he intends to renew a five-year memorandum of understanding with Jordan, worth about $360 million in direct economic support and another $300 million in military financing, according to the White House
An Egyptian radio host who calls himself the official voice of Donald Duck on Disney Middle East was fired after sending anti-Israel tweets.
Wael Mansour tweeted the news of his firing on Feb. 6, six months after his tweet against Israel.
“Disney decided I am no longer the official voice of DonaldDuck in it’s middle-east dubbed cartoons because of an anti Zionism tweet. Proud!” he tweeted.