Clashes between police and Palestinian rioters raged Saturday night in Arab neighborhoods of East Jerusalem as tensions remained high in the capital.
Police said officers arrested two residents of Shuafat on suspicion of throwing stones at the Jerusalem light rail in the northern neighborhood. Some damaged was caused to the train, but no injuries were reported. The train continued its journey.
Masked rioters threw stones and Molotov cocktails at Israeli security personnel in the neighborhood of a-Tur. The officers dispersed the rioters. No injuries were reported. A masked 15-year-old Palestinian suspected of throwing stones was arrested.
Palestinians also threw stones and fired fireworks at police and Border Police officers in the Ras al-Amud neighborhood. Police arrested two and dispersed the rioters. No injuries were reported.
Outside Jerusalem, a 5-year-old child suffered slight injuries after a rock hit his the car he was riding in near the West Bank settlement of Shilo. The boy received first aid from Magen David Adom paramedics on site and was taken to Hadassah Hospital in Ein Kerem for further treatment.
Rocks were also thrown at a bus near the West Bank settlement of Barkan, causing the bus driver to lose control of the vehicle and smash into the guard rail. Three passengers were lightly injured and received medical treatment at the Beilinson Medical Center in Petah Tikva.
Stones were also thrown at a public bus in northern Israel, near the town of Pardes Hannah-Karkur, causing damage to the vehicle but no injuries. Police were searching for the perpetrators.
Saturday’s violence came amid heightened tensions in the capital in recent weeks, with East Jerusalem and West Bank residents demonstrating and rioting in response to their fears that Israel seeks to change the status quo of the Temple Mount and allow Jews to pray there. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has repeatedly made clear that this is not the case.
There have been several Palestinian terror attacks in recent weeks — with four Israelis killed in two “suicide car attacks” — and an assassination attempt against a prominent Israeli right-wing activist.
On Wednesday an East Jerusalem man drove his van into a group of pedestrians at a light rail station in the capital, killing a Border Police officer, Jedan Assad, and yeshiva student Shalom Ba’adani and injuring a dozen other people. A similar hit-and-run attack took place two weeks earlier at another train station along the seam-line when an East Jerusalem man drove his car onto a platform, killing two and injuring several more. Both attackers were killed by police.
On October 29, Temple Mount activist Rabbi Yehudah Glick was shot outside the Menachem Begin Heritage Center in central Jerusalem by an Arab employee of the center, who was later killed by police during an attempt to arrest him.