Jerusalem, 14 April, 2021 (TPS) -- Five Arab rioters were arrested Wednesday night as hundreds of rioters threw stones, explosives and glass bottles at a police station near Sha’ar Shechem (Damascus Gate) in Jerusalem’s Old City.
During the riots, one of the officers was injured in the face after being hit by a bottle.
In related news, Arab terrorists carried out a number of rock attacks against three buses in Jerusalem.
The buses on their way to the Kotel, Western Wall, were badly damaged. Four people were slightly injured.
Jerusalem, 13 April, 2021 (TPS) -- The FBI has published a series of ads calling on the public to report on hate crimes, including in Yiddish and Hebrew.
“Did you know many hate crimes are not reported? The FBI wants to help, but we need to hear from you,” the FBI Hate Crimes Unit said in several languages.
US cities reported a sharp decline in the number of recorded anti-Jewish hate crimes in 2020 after experiencing historically high levels in 2019 when Jews were the number 1 target for hate crimes in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.
The decline in anti-Jewish hate crimes can be explained by the Coronavirus pandemic and social distancing restrictions which reduced opportunities for in-person encounters.
Jerusalem, 11 April, 2021 (TPS) -- An Israeli bus of the Egged Company driving through the Arab neighborhood of Isawiyah in eastern Jerusalem on Saturday night was attacked and torched by Arab rioters.
A driver was driving through the neighborhood with his family when the bus was attacked with rocks and firebombs.
The driver and his family fled the bus, which caught fire.
Two firefighting teams were dispatched to the scene but were refused access to the neighborhood until further troops arrived at the scene. The fire was put out before they arrived.
The police announced they has arrested three locals involved in the attack.
Member of Knesset Itamar Ben Gvir warned that Israel was “slowly but surely we are losing control of Jerusalem. It is impossible that in Jerusalem, the capital of Israel, the loss of governance will lead to such a serious situation of attacking a bus driver with Molotov cocktails and stones.”
He called on the police to “put their hands on the rioters and restore governance in Jerusalem neighborhoods.”
Jerusalem, 7 April, 2021 (TPS) -- Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit has decided to prosecute former Member of Knesset Hanin Zoabi for forgery and fraud offenses.
He has further decided to drop the investigation against the Balad party, of which she was a member.
Zoabi was questioned together with some 35 other suspects, including senior officials in Balad, on suspicion of committing forgery and fraud offenses in party documents submitted to the State Comptroller, in two general and local elections in 2013.
The investigation was conducted by the National Fraud Unit Lahav 433 and by the Economic Department of the State Attorney’s Office and focused on reports submitted to the State Comptroller by the party regarding donations prior to the elections.
The investigation found that party officials raised cash donations without submitting the required paperwork as required by law. When asked by the State Comptroller’s Office, the forms were filled retroactively.
Zoabi is suspected of using a fake document, falsifying corporate documents, and money laundering.
Balad rejected the accusations when the investigation was announced and described the police’s probe as “a dangerous escalation of the political persecution of the Arab leadership.”
Jerusalem, 6 April, 2021 (TPS) -- IDF soldiers operating on the Benyamin area on Monday night were successful in thwarting an apparent attempt by an Arab terrorist to ram soldiers with his car.
The IDF stated the soldiers operating in the Arab village of Bir Naballah set up a checkpoint on a road to allow additional forces to operate in the area without vehicular traffic.
The troops at the checkpoint identified a vehicle stopping at the checkpoint and then suddenly accelerating towards another group of soldiers, in a way that endangered the lives of the fighters, the IDF said.
The soldiers responded by firing at the car to thwart the threat.
The Palestinian Authority official WAFA agency reported that the driver was killed, and his wife, who was with him in the car, was injured in the back and is in stable condition.
Local sources identified the terrorist as Usama Sidqi Mansour, 42.
There were no Israeli casualties.