Arab Terrorists Throw Rocks at School Bus in Jerusalem

Bus carrying schoolchildren damaged in latest attack, leaving City Councilman Aryeh King livid at lack of police presence.

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Arab terrorists threw rocks at a bus carrying Jewish schoolchildren in the neighborhood surrounding the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem Sunday morning, in the latest terror-related incident in the capital.

No injuries were reported, but the bus's windshield was damaged.

Police are currently sweeping the area for suspects. 

Jerusalem City Council member Aryeh King, who is closely involved with establishing a Jewish presence in the area, lamented the lack of security after news of the incident first broke.

"What a great start to the last week in the year," he stated. The Jewish New Year, or Rosh Hashanah, begins Wednesday evening. "Three masked terrorists attacked a student bus (including six of my children, among others) traveling to the old city." 

"Police have arrested 600, 700, 800 - it may soon reach 1,000 terrorists arrested," King noted. "There is no doubt that the policy of arrests being used by the police force is not working."

"We have a great police force but no deterrence," he continued. "This is how Jewish residents of Jerusalem live their lives."

King called for the police to "establish a constant presence" in Jerusalem's Arab neighborhoods, noting that only then can the rioting - which began as localized clashes in June and has trickled beyond Arab areas - be stemmed from the source.

Sunday's incident surfaces just days after Jerusalem's mayor, Nir Barkat, clarified that he would crack down on rioting and unrest.

"I want to clarify this decisively: a heavy and uncompromising hand should be taken against anyone who does violence of any kind," Barkat stated Thursday night. "We will not accept a situation where we see throwing stones or Molotov cocktails at the light rail, at Jewish homes in eastern Jerusalem or any other kind of violence." 

"We have to step up and create a deterrent, a punishment to let [rioters] know - anyone who thinks they can take the law into their own hands will be caught and will pay a heavy price," Barkat urged.  

Attacks have risen exponentially in recent months in Jerusalem, in a phenomenon dubbed "the silent intifada" that has been quickly spiraling out of control with lynch-mobs and even live gunfire. 

While over 600 arrests were reportedly made since rioting first began in July, a tolerance for escalating unrest has grown, and a recent expose revealed that some rioters - who are being encouraged to throw fireworks and other dangerous materials at police - are as young as nine years old