A day after dozens of Arabs rioted outside Kever Rochel, an official appeal was issued on Thursday to Israeli police to provide protection for Jewish worshipers, Arutz Sheva reported.
Harav Shmuel Rabinovich, Rav of the Kosel and holy sites, and Rav Yosef Shwinger of the National Center for Development of Holy Sites, joined in asking police commanders in the Yerushalayim district to take immediate steps to restore security.
Wednesday’s disturbances, which featured firebombs and pipe bombs as well as rock-throwing, was only the most recent incident in a series of assaults at Kever Rachel which started several months ago, after the Palestinian Authority announced that it would ask UNESCO to recognize it as a PA heritage site.
Sources in the National Center for Development of Holy Sites noted that the attacks threaten to undo a major investment of time and money in renovating the site for the benefit of hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.
Yerushalayim Police Chief Yossi Pariente said Thursday that police are collaborating with the IDF to improve security at Kever Rachel. They will use more of the means at their disposal to drive attackers away and arrest them, he said.