Arabs Riot in Silwan, One Arrested

YERUSHALAYIM -
Palestinian demonstrators move burning tires during clashes with IDF forces near an Israeli checkpoint in Ramallah, Dec. 16. (Flash90)

Police arrested one Arab rioter in disturbances overnight in Yerushalayim. The disturbances occurred in the Silwan neighborhood of the city and were restricted to to that area. Rioters threw rocks and firebombs at security forces, who intervened with anti-riot measures. Arabs threw stones at Israeli police vehicles as well.

It was the tail end of a weekend of unrest in Arab neighborhoods of Yerushalayim and Palestinian Authority-controlled areas. Arabs for the second weekend in a row rioted over the recent announcement by President Donald Trump that the United States recognizes Yerushalayim as Israel’s capital, throwing rocks and firebombs at IDF soldiers. Israeli forces used anti-riot measures to break up demonstrations. IDF forces were deployed around Kever Yosef, after reports that Arabs had been organizing over the weekend a major riot at the site on social media.

Arabs in Yaffo on Shabbos also held a large demonstration against the Trump declaration. That demonstration passed in an orderly manner, although loud proclamations against Israeli sovereignty in Yerushalayim were heard. Fifteen Arab rioters were arrested Friday during a second “day of rage” over the Trump announcement in a riot in the Jenin area. Several riots took place in Arab neighborhoods of Yerushalayim, with Arabs burning tires and throwing rocks at security officials. Seven rioters were arrested in the Issawiye neighborhood. In addition, an Arab was arrested in the Old City after he threw a rock at a menorah outside a house.

Overnight Motzoei Shabbos, security officials said they arrested five 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.