Daily Israel Report

Security Forces Mobilized in Jerusalem as Unrest Builds

Rioting overnight, Hamas calls for 'Day of Rage' prompts crackdown on terrorism in the capital; Temple Mount access restricted.
By Uzi Baruch, Tova Dvorin
First Publish: 8/1/2014, 7:58 AM / Last Update: 8/1/2014, 9:22 AM

Arab rioting in Jerusalem
Arab rioting in Jerusalem
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Police forces throughout Jerusalem's Old City and Arab neighborhoods have been mobilized Friday morning, ahead of a 72-hour "humanitarian ceasefire" in Gaza and the first Friday after Ramadan. 

In addition, Hamas has called on Arabs in the Palestinian Authority (PA), Judea and Samaria, and Jerusalem to "show solidarity for Gaza and the Resistance" by facilitating a "Day of Rage" against Israel, Israelis, and Jews. 

As such, Jerusalem District Police Commander, Superintendent Yossi Pariente, decided to limit access of the Temple Mount for Muslims on Friday, allegedly ahead of the expected violation of the ceasefire, which is due to begin at 8:00 am.

Access to the Temple Mount has been restricted to males 50 or older and to women of all ages.

Meanwhile, several clashes erupted between Arabs and security forces in Jerusalem overnight.

An Arab gang threw rocks and Molotov cocktails at security forces and Border Police in Neve Yaakov; four suspects were arrested.

In Tsur Baher, Jabel Mukkaber, and near the Jewish community of Nof Tzion, a few dozen masked Arabs in each neighborhood threw rocks and Molotov cocktails at security forces as well; a police force at the scene scattered them using riot dispersal measures. 

On Ezrat HaTorah street in the capital, several Arabs also vandalized an empty Egged bus. Two of the tires were slashed and the bus was graffitied; its windows were smashed in, as well. No injuries were reported in the incident and an investigation has been launched.