The city of Tel Aviv has cancelled scheduled school trips to Jerusalem in the wake of the ongoing tensions in the city, Channel 10 News reported on Saturday night.
According to the report, eighth graders from all schools in Tel Aviv were scheduled to visit Jerusalem this week for a Bar/Bat Mitzvah trip, but the trip was cancelled following orders from the municipality.
The students were supposed to visit the Western Wall and Ammunition Hill, next to the place where Wednesday’s terrorist attack, in which three-month-old Chaya Zissel Braun was murdered, took place.
The city of Tel Aviv has also cancelled additional trips to Jerusalem, Channel 10 reported, quoting a statement from the city received by parents of schoolchildren.
Tel Aviv’s decision comes as the “silent intifada” in Jerusalem continues. Dozens of masked terrorists blocked traffic and burned trash cans on a main road in Abu Tor in Jerusalem on Saturday night, in the latest outburst of unrest.
The rioters also threw rocks and firebombs at Jewish Israelis, injuring one. The injured man was treated at the scene; Israel police and Border Patrol forces took riot dispersal measures against the crowd.
Tel Aviv’s decision regarding the school trips to Jerusalem was met with anger and disappointment by officials in the capital.
“The City of Tel Aviv, you have angered me! Your decision to cancel trips for students to Jerusalem is outrageous," wrote Rachel Azaria, a deputy to Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat, according to Channel 10.
"If we and our children can maintain a routine, so can your children continue trips to Jerusalem as usual," she added. Azaria also noted that the current situation is an opportunity for Tel Aviv to show solidarity and responsibility towards the residents of Jerusalem.
Meanwhile, Hamas official Mahmoud Al-Zahar declared the constant cycle of violence in Jerusalem an "intifada" on Saturday night, making rumors of a so-called "silent intifada" official despite declarations from the Israeli security establishment that statements to that effect are exaggerated.
Zahar's declaration surfaces just days after security officials told Kol Yisrael radio that "the Palestinians are not interested in a third intifada" and that all talk over the extreme cycle of violence in the capital has been overhyped.
Science and Technology Minister Yaakov Perry (Yesh Atid), formerly the head of the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet), warned Thursday that the situation in Jerusalem is a “ticking time bomb” which will lead to a full-fledged third intifada.