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Cholent Saves Jerusalem Yeshiva from Terror Attack

Terrorists hurl rocks at unarmed yeshiva students near Old City Friday evening, eliciting an unusual means of self-defense.
By Hezki Ezra and Tova Dvorin
First Publish: 7/6/2014, 10:04 AM

Dining hall in Diaspora yeshiva
Dining hall in Diaspora yeshiva
Yehoshua Gerhom

Fifteen Arab extremists from Silwan attacked the Diaspora Yeshiva on Mount Zion in Jerusalem Friday night, hurling rocks at students eating the traditional Shabbat meal, according to hareidi news site B'Hadrei Hareidim

The rocks shattered the front door, creating panic in the dining hall for the unarmed yeshiva students. In response, students began throwing whatever they could at the rioters to defend themselves from the attack, including metal chairs and even boiling water.

Eventually, the students lobbed a pot of cholent, the traditional meat stew kept hot overnight on Shabbat, at the rioters; the terrorists fled and did not return. 

News of the unconventional fightback has gone viral Sunday - but leaders of the yeshiva are not amused. 

"We call on all yeshiva students to exercise restraint and remain composed [in the face of further attacks], so that calm can be restored to Mount Zion," Rosh Yeshiva, Rabbi Avraham Goldstein, stated Sunday. 

Rioting throughout Jerusalem last week erupted after rumors circulated that 16-year-old Mohammed Abu-Khder's murder was an act of Jewish "revenge" over the abduction and murder of three Israeli teens Naftali Frenkel (16), Gilad Sha'ar (16) and Eyal Yifrah (19). 

Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, as well as some in the international media, have since repeated those claims as fact. Israeli leaders - including the mayor of Jerusalem and Prime Minister Netanyahu - rushed to condemn the murder, despite the lack of clear evidence suggesting that the murder was an act of nationalistic revenge. 

Conflicting testimonies from the boy's own parents about an alleged attempt to abduct their younger son some time before have raised further questions about the possibility of criminal or some other motive.

Meanwhile, attacks against Jewish Israelis in Jerusalem and nationwide have intensified, escalating further after Palestinian Arab sources claimed that Abu-Khder was burned alive.