As fighting continues to rage in Gaza, Arabs in Jerusalem, Judea, and Samaria continued to riot. On Thursday, police arrested two Arabs near the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem after they attacked police with rocks and stones. Police broke up the riot using water cannons and other anti-riot methods.
In another incident, dozens of Arab youths tried to break through a police barrier. Police broke up that riot and arrested three rioters for attacking police. At the same time, dozens of Arabs gathered near the Old City and tried to destroy a police barrier there as well. Three more extremists were arrested at the Flower Gate in the Old City.
Altogether, 12 Arab extremists were arrested in Jerusalem Thursday.
The rioting Thursday was a continuation of unrest that has been continuing since the murder of Arab youth Mohammed Abu-Khder last month. Hundreds of Arabs rioted overnight Wednesday in five locations throughout the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Judea-Samaria: Beit Ummar, Abu Dis, Rachel's Tomb (Bethlehem), Husan, and Clock Square in Binyamin. The rioters threw rocks, Molotov cocktails, and burning tires at security forces, who were dispatched to disperse the crowd with riot control measures.
Rioting and unrest exploded in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria, and the "triangle" area in northern Israel several weeks ago, in response to the murder of 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khder, who was found burnt to death in the Jerusalem Forest.
Unrest has only metastasized since the launch of Israel's self-defense operation against Hamas's constant barrage of rocket fire on Israeli civilians.