Dozens of Jerusalem Arabs in the Shiloach (Silwan) Valley, across the road from the Western Wall, threw rocks and hurled firebombs at police officers Saturday night, wounding nine. At least two were hospitalized for light to moderate injuries.
One Arab terrorist snatched the gun of a woman police officer and shouted “Allah Akbar’ [Allah is great’], but security forces quickly overpowered him and recovered the weapon. The policewoman suffered light wounds and was treated at the scene.
The violence is a continuation of escalation of attacks on Jews in and around the Jewish neighborhood of Ir David (City of David). Thursday night, several Arab were injured in a violent clash with police officers.
Buoyed by U.S. President Barack Obama’s condemnation of a Jewish presence in the area, Arabs have also rioted in the streets to protest planned evictions of two Arab families from Jewish property in the Shimon HaTsaddik (part of Sheikh Jarrah) neighborhood near the Old City on the route to Mound Scopus, where the Jewish population has once again been growing. This is where, in 1948, after Israel's independence was recognized, 79 doctors and nurses were massacred by Arabs as the former were attempting to bring medical supplies to the besieged Mount Scopus Hospital.
The Arab residents of the houses have appealed to left-wing activists to fight the eviction orders. A demonstration there last week included radical left Hebrew University professors. Previous court rulings have determined that the properties are owned by Jews, some of whom were expelled from their properties during the Arab riots under the British mandate in the 1920s and 1930s while the remainder were forced out after Jordan occupied the area in the 1948 War for Independence.