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Jerusalem seen as world’s most threatened tourist spot

Risk analysis firm’s terror ranking puts Israeli capital at 42nd place overall, ranking East Jerusalem separately at 36th

Tamar Pileggi is a breaking news editor at The Times of Israel.

Israeli police near the Arab neighborhood of A-Tur in East Jerusalem, on May 20, 2015. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90/File)
Israeli police near the Arab neighborhood of A-Tur in East Jerusalem, on May 20, 2015. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90/File)

Jerusalem was ranked seventh among capital cities worldwide facing an “extreme risk” of being hit by terror attacks according to a new report released by a risk-analysis firm Thursday.

Verisk Maplecroft, which analyzed 1,300 cities and urban centers worldwide, rated Iraq’s Baghdad — with 380 attacks in the last several years that resulted in 1141 deaths — as the world’s highest at-risk urban center.

After Baghdad, the capitals of Afghanistan, Somalia, Nigeria, Yemen, Lebanon, Syria and Israel followed as the most dangerous capital cities in the world.

The risk-analysis firm listed 64 cities that faced an “extreme risk” for terror attacks, among them 27 in the Middle East and 19 in Asia.

In its overall ranking, Verisk Maplecroft listed Jerusalem in 42nd place, while East Jerusalem — which researchers analyzed as a separate city — was ranked 36th.

According to a report in Ynet, Israeli cities of Tel Aviv and Netanya made the list of the world’s most dangerous cities at 51 and 61st place respectively.

Cross-referencing the list with tourism trends, the UK’s Daily Mail concluded that Jerusalem was the top tourist destination worldwide targeted by terrorists.

In the overall ranking, the top six of the 10 most dangerous cities for terrorism in the world were in Iraq, followed by 3 Pakistani cities and one in Libya.

The risk analysis firm calculated the scores based on the intensity and frequency of attacks in the last 12 months coupled with the frequency and severity of prior attacks using an online mapping and data portal that logs and analyzes every reported terror attack worldwide.

Researchers, who called Israel, Egypt, Kenya, Nigeria and Pakistan “strategic economies,” said that risks posed by terrorism in those countries could potentially threaten business and supply chain continuity worldwide.

“An estimated 80% of global GDP is generated from cities,” Principal Analyst at Verisk Maplecroft, Charlotte Ingham explained.”Visibility of the sub-national differences in terrorism levels should be an imperative for multinational organizations looking to understand and price the risks to assets, employees and supply chains.”

The report noted that the global trend of increasing Islamic extremism contributed to political instability, and increased risk of violence contributed to the ranking of cities listed.

Verisk Maplecroft said in a press release that the annual rankings were released in an effort to assist governments and companies understand and protect against the risks in the countries in which they operate.

The Israeli capital has recently seen a string of lone-wolf attacks by Palestinians using their cars to ram pedestrians or police.

On Wednesday, two Border Police officers were lightly injured in Jerusalem when a Palestinian man veered off the road and hit them with an SUV in what police said was a deliberate attack.

The driver was shot dead by police at the scene.

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