Arabs and left-wing activists broke through the thick security fence surrounding Jerusalem over the weekend, footage from Palestinian news agencies revealed Sunday - hammering a huge hole in the barrier for videographers.
The footage shows dozens of masked Arabs from Bir Nabala gather near the security fence, then begin drilling into the concrete and hammering at the barrier until a passageway is punched through.
After some time, the group succeeds - and one of the group tells the camera that the objective of the stunt was to "show solidarity" for Arabs in Jerusalem living under "Israeli aggression," and to break what he termed the "Berlin Wall" of the Middle East.
The footage surfaces after three major terror attacks have erupted in Jerusalem over the past two weeks.
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat revealed last month that crime in Jerusalem had skyrocketed over the past several weeks, from 200 incidents per month to over 5,000. Unrest in the capital had begun in July.
Several major leaders have directly blamed Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas for encouraging the violence, with Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman noting last week that Abbas has hailed at least one eliminated terrorist as a "hero" and a "martyr" and that " Palestinian militants interpret President Abbas's encouragement of terrorism as a signal to heighten attack on Israelis."
Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon slammed Abbas as well, saying he "has not changed and will not change and will continue to blacken the face of the State of Israel and to incite against it to the Palestinian population and preach hate around the world."
Violence continued over Saturday, with at least 11 people injured across the country in rock-throwing attacks by Arab extremists, prompting Israeli police to raise the national terror alert level.