Video: Police Swoop on Rioting Arabs in Jerusalem
A video featured on an Israeli Arab news website shows police carrying out arrests of rioting Arabs outside Herod's Gate in Jerusalem.
The video was uploaded last Friday but was apparently shot a day earlier. Herod's Gate is adjacent to Damascus gate, where there was Arab rioting every evening last week. Last Tuesday evening, a Jewish man was stabbed and nearly died, on the same night as an Arab mob attacked Israeli cars with rocks and other missiles. The next morning, in a different part of Jerusalem, Jewish residents were targeted in an apparent Arab "price tag" incident in which assailants slashed the tires of 12 Jewish-owned cars.
Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told Arutz Sheva that police arrested four people near the Damascus Gate on Thursday in connection to those disturbances and that the video was apparently from that incident.
The violence is connected to political events, said Rosenfeld, most notably the ouster of Islamist Mohammed Morsi from the position of Egyptian president. Rioters tried to put up a poster of Morsi, he noted.
Another factor in the violence, he said, is the fact that thousands of Muslims pass through Damascus Gate on their way to prayer at the Temple Mount every evening, because of Ramadan.
Rosenfeld said that to the best of his knowledge, the men arrested at the scene were later released.
Rioting at Damascus Gate Wednesday: