Arabs Riot Over Yerushalayim Vandalism

An Arab riot. (Nasser Ishtayeh/Flash90)

Arabs rioted in Ramallah and villages near Yerushalayim Monday night. Rioter threw rocks and firebombs at Israeli military vehicles, as soldiers attempted to arrest terrorists and security violators. No Israeli soldiers were injured in the riots, but there was damage to several military vehicles.

Palestinian Authority sources said the rioting was related to damage done overnight Sunday to 160 vehicles in the Shuafat neighborhood of Yerushalayim, with Arabs blaming Jews for the damage, and accusing police of doing nothing to find the culprits.

Police said in a statement that it intended to “use all tools in order to identify those responsible, and bring them to justice.” Yerushalayim Mayor Moshe Lion said that he “strongly condemns these hate crimes. Yerushalayim is a mixed city with many kinds of residents, and incidents like this harm the calm patterns of life all residents seek.”

IDF soldiers overnight Monday seized tens of thousands of shekels in terror funds from homes in Arab villages in the Shomron. The funds were part of payments made by Hamas and the Palestinian Authority to the families of terrorists for committing terror acts against Israelis, officials said.

Overnight Monday, security officials said they arrested 11 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.