Daily Israel Report

Jerusalem Arabs Attack the Light Rail

Passengers on the Jerusalem Light Rail were targeted Thursday by Arabs in the Beit Hanina neighborhood.
By Chana Ya'ar
First Publish: 5/24/2012, 5:36 PM

Light rail train, Jerusalem
Light rail train, Jerusalem
Flash 90

Passengers on the Jerusalem Light Rail were targeted Thursday by Arabs in the Beit Hanina neighborhood, located in the northern section of the capital. 

The attackers hurled rocks as the train rolled by, traumatizing some of the passengers but causing no damage since the train's cars are reinforced. The train's operator, Citipass, reported that none of the passengers were physically injured in the incident, and trains continued to run as usual.

This is not the first attack by Jerusalem Arabs on the Light Rail. 

Muhamad Shuman is currently being held in custody in connection with the March stabbing of a 19-year-old female soldier aboard the train as it passed through the city's northern neighborhood of Pisgat Ze'ev.

Also in March, Arab attackers succeeded in cracking the glass of several windows on the train after hurling rocks at the cars as they passed through a northern Jerusalem Arab neighborhood. The windows, which are shatterproof, are intended to crack – rather than smash -- upon impact when something is hurled at them. The passengers, none of whom were physically injured, were transferred to another train.

Rock attacks aimed at the Light Rail go back as far as last year. In December a gang of Arabs hurled rocks from the Shuafat neighborhood, and in October, a group of Jerusalem Arabs attacked the train from the same area.