Police Face Rioters, Graffiti Artists in Jabel Mukaber

YERUSHALAYIM -
Arab rioters. (Reuters)

Police forces operating in the Jabel Mukaber neighborhood of Yerushalayim faced stone throwers and firebomb attackers, as they increased patrols in the wake of Sunday’s truck-ramming terror attack. Most of the detainees were minors, and most were released several hours after being arrested.

Police on Monday night also arrested several Arab youths who painted graffiti praising the attack. The youths were questioned and released. In a statement, police said that “once again we are witness to the involvement of minors, some very young, in civil disorder and causing harm to citizens. We call upon the leadership of these areas to exhibit responsibility and act to prevent the involvement of minors in riots that lead to their arrest and legal entanglements.”

Meanwhile, police have begun building stone blockades along the sidewalk that borders the Armon Hanatziv scenic walk, the site of Sunday’s terror attack. The several-hundred-meter-long scenic walk is completely open to a boulevard that runs adjacent to it, and it is from there that the terrorist plowed into a crowd of soldiers on Sunday, killing four and injuring 15. The stone blockades to be installed will be decorative and “match the surroundings of the scenic walk,” police said. A fence has been installed temporarily until the stones are installed.

Overnight Monday, security officials said they arrested nine wanted security suspects in other areas in Yehudah and Shomron. The suspects were wanted for participating in rioting and throwing stones and firebombs that endangered Israeli civilians and IDF soldiers. Several of the suspects were also charged with belonging to Hamas. All were being questioned on their activities by security forces.