Police Avoid Near-Lynch in Issawiya

Israeli Border Police at a roadblock near the Arab neighborhood of Issawiya in East Yerushalayim. (Nati Shohat/Flash90, File)

Arabs in the Issawiya neighborhood of Yerushalayim rioted on Wednesday night and attempted to attack police vehicles that were patrolling the neighborhood, Channel 20 reported. One of the police vans was attacked with rocks and firebombs and the mob intended to conduct a “lynch” of the officers. The van experienced significant damage but, b’chasdei Shamayim, the rioters were unable to disable it, and the officers inside were able to get away. Police have opened an investigation into the incident.

IDF soldiers overnight Wednesday seized tens of thousands of shekels in terror funds from Arabs in the Palestinian Authority-controlled city of Kalkilye, in western Shomron. The money was part of payments made by Hamas and the Palestinian Authority to the families of terrorists for committing terror acts against Israelis, officials said. Several arrests were made, as Arabs rioted when soldiers entered the city.

Overnight Wednesday, 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.

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