Daily Israel Report

5 Israelis Wounded in Jerusalem Rock Attack

Five Israelis wounded by rocks thrown by Arab residents of east Jerusalem at an Israeli bus traveling to the Western Wall.
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 8/5/2012, 5:14 AM

Police at Damascus Gate
Police at Damascus Gate
Israel news photo: Flash 90

Five Israelis were wounded on Saturday night by rocks that were thrown by Arab residents of east Jerusalem at an Israeli bus traveling to the Western Wall.

Army Radio reported that all five were evacuated to local hospitals in light condition. The report said that the incident began when Border Police arrested two Arabs on suspicion of attacking Jews in the Damascus Gate.

At about 1:00 a.m. local time, two Arab residents of east Jerusalem attacked a Jew near the Damascus Gate. Magen David Adom paramedics who were called to the scene determined that he did not need medical treatment, and Border Police officers arrested the attackers, one of whom was a minor.

Following the arrest of the attackers, angry Arabs began throwing rocks at the paramedics as well as at the bus.

Rock attacks in Jerusalem, as well as in Judea and Samaria, have been on the rise in recent months. Such attacks have proven fatal in the past.

Arabs have regularly targeted the Jerusalem Light Rail in their rock attacks. In May, Arabs threw rocks as the train rolled by the Beit Hanina neighborhood, located in the northern section of the capital.

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.

A few months ago, residents of Jewish communities in the eastern part of the Gush Etzion Regional Council protested the ongoing rock attacks, blocking one of the intersections in the area for several hours.