Daily Israel Report

Official: Rioting the Product of Premeditated Incitement

Jerusalem Councilman Aryeh King blames rioting on lack of police presence, claims murder planned specifically to arouse unrest.
By Benny Toker
First Publish: 7/2/2014, 8:50 PM

Arab riot in Jerusalem after murder
Arab riot in Jerusalem after murder
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Jerusalem Councilman Aryeh King, who is responsible for security in Jerusalem, stated to Arutz Sheva on Wednesday that he is not surprised at the chaos continuing in Arab neighborhoods. 

"We visited Shuafat this morning, and what we have long feared has been realized," King said. "We have virtually no control, it's just the collapse of a containment policy. We had neighborhoods this morning that looked like Jabaliya and Shechem." 

King stated that the problem is lack of a police presence. 

"We have called for years to properly establish a police station there, which in practice never happened," King said. "The policy was that police would only go there when there was an incident; in practice, this does not work."

King also said that the murder of 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khder - which experts and recent reports increasingly say was the result of family tensions, not nationalism - was planned specifically to incite unrest. 

"Today a child was kidnapped near a Shuafat mosque, his body was found a few hours later the Jerusalem Forest," he said. "They are people who tried to say that Jews were guilty of murder, even though there is nothing indicating that nor any reliable information about it - but someone decided to incite the crowd into that direction while we don't have a police presence there." 

"People could begin throwing rocks off of mountains once it gets dark; deterioration could be rapid," King continued. "The State of Israel must do something, and take strong measures against those thugs who want to destroy any sign of sovereignty in East Jerusalem." 

Over 75 Israeli and Palestinian Arabs have allegedly been injured rioting, which included burning down three light rail stops and throwing rocks, pipe bombs, and Molotov cocktails and both police and press. 

Meanwhile, the Palestinian Authority (PA), US and international media continue to claim that the murder was nationalistically-motivated, despite little to no evidence of that fact and very little evidence available about the murder at all.