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Arab Rock Attack on Hershkowitz

No one was hurt when Arabs at Kfar HaShiloach hurled rocks at ministerial visit.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 1/21/2010, 6:04 PM / Last Update: 1/21/2010, 6:02 PM

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Arabs in Kfar HaShiloach (Silwan or Siloam) threw rocks Thursday at the entourage of the Head of the Jewish Home party, Minister of Science and Technology Rabbi Prof. Daniel Hershkowitz. No one was hurt and no damage reported.

The incident took place when Minister Hershkowitz toured Jewish neighborhoods in eastern Jerusalem, including Maaleh HaZeitim (Ras el Amoud) and Abu Dis. When the minister and his aides were inside the Jewish-owned Beit Yehonatan at Kfar HaShiloach, Arabs began hurling rocks at the building.

The minister and his aides were not even aware of the attack until they were informed of it by the Border Police who guarded them. The police informed them that rocks were thrown, and later told them that they had apprehended several suspects.

The minister had planned to ascend to the roof of Beit Yehonatan and view the neighborhood from
there but that plan was canceled because of the attack.

"I came to eastern Jerusalem in order to see from up close the numerous building infractions by the Arabs and to strengthen the Jews living here,” Hershkowitz stated. “We were robbed of the 'green lungs' at Kfar Silwan and Nachal Kidron by the Arabs' massive illegal construction and it is unacceptable that the only enforcement activity will be against one Jewish house.”