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Rise in Terror Attacks Against Jews in Jerusalem

Attacks by Palestinian Arabs steadily climbing - but who's to blame?
By Netanel Katz and Tova Dvorin
First Publish: 5/18/2014, 9:11 AM

Throwing rocks in Silwan (file)
Throwing rocks in Silwan (file)
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Jewish residents of Jerusalem suffered from 157 separate terror-related incidents in March, IDF Radio revealed Sunday, in a record upswing in attacks from Palestinian Arab terrorists. 

Terror attacks against Jewish Israelis have been on the rise in Jerusalem, which saw 150 incidents in February and 140 in January. On average, Palestinian Arabs attack a Jewish Israeli 2.5 times per day each month; the number of attacks per month has not dipped below 80 since November 2012. 

The attack rate is highest near Jewish holy sites, the survey shows, including the City of David near Silwan, Jerusalem's Old City, and the Mount of Olives. 80% of attacks include throwing projectiles, and of those, 2% are firebombs or Molotov cocktails; most attacks do not cause injuries or damage. 

The attack rate highlights the continuing inefficiency of Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovich, analysts say, who was deemed a "catastrophe" last week by a senior official who spoke to Arutz Sheva on condition of  anonymity. 

Aharonovich, despite being appointed to an important task, has proven himself unable to deal with criminal and nationalistic violence, stated the source, adding "we see his lack of success in the violence in Israeli society and Arab terror in eastern Jerusalem."

Aharonovich has also faced specific criticism for his handling of Islamist violence on the Temple Mount, Judaism's holiest site, with Likud MK Moshe Feiglin calling for the Prime Minister to fire him.

Last week, Aharonovich apologized to the father of Shelly Dadon z''l, the 19-year-old resident of Afula who was murdered two weeks ago. The apology was for announcing on Monday that her murder might not be nationalistically motivated, despite earlier reports hinting the perpetrator escaped to a nearby Arab village after the murder.

A Shin Bet study revealed in December that the rise in terror attacks across Israel is also linked with peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA).