Several violent incidents occurred in Jerusalem and the West Bank Saturday night in the hours after a deadly terror attack in Jerusalem’s Old City in which a Palestinian man killed two Israelis and left the wife of one of them fighting for her life.
The escalation of violence — which followed another fatal terror attack Thursday night in which an Israeli mother and father were shot dead in their car in the West Bank — underlined fears that Israel may be facing a third major Palestinian uprising, prompted in part by tensions over the status of the disputed Temple Mount holy site.
An Arab driver was attacked by Jewish youths near the Mamilla mall in central Jerusalem, according to police. In his escape, the man ran over a pedestrian, injuring him lightly.
In the same area, clashes broke out between Jewish right-wing activists and Palestinian youths, one of whom was sprayed with pepper spray, according to Walla. Police officers were searching for the perpetrator.
A reporter on the scene posted a video of rioters chanting “Death to Arabs” at the pedestrian mall just outside the Old City.
Police said officers arrested eight Israeli right-wing activists.
In two separate incidents, stones were thrown at the Jerusalem light rail, causing damage to the trains but no injuries.
In the West Bank, an Israeli Arab came to the settlement of Kiryat Arba, outside Hebron, and said he had been attacked by Palestinians who mistook him for a Jew. He was lightly injured. An ambulance taking him to hospital was pelted with rocks and damaged. An army jeep that chased the stone-throwers was hit by a petrol bomb and caught fire; the soldiers were not injured.
Near Beit El, an IDF post was shot at by gunmen, with troops returning fire. There were no immediate reports of injuries.
The disturbances come after a fatal stabbing attack in Jerusalem earlier Saturday in which two men were killed and a mother and her baby were injured.
The victims were identified as Nehemia Lavi, 41, and Aharon Banita, 22. Benet’s wife was in serious condition and their two-year-old sustained light injuries.
The Palestinian terrorist was shot and killed by security forces at the scene of the attack near Lion’s Gate in the capital. He was identified as Muhannad Halabi, 19, from al-Bireh near Ramallah.