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Today: Dec 16, 2017

More than 25 Attacks since the Beginning of 2008

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JCSERs Research & Documentation Unit Report Warns of the Growing Attacks on Palestinian Jerusalemites for Racist Motives

A report issued by JCSERs Research & Documentation Unit has warned of the growing extremism among Jewish groups that take from West Jerusalems neighborhoods locations for them against Arab citizens of East Jerusalem.

The recent killing, in which Omar Hamdan, a resident of Jerusalems Old City was killed, indicates that the crime was committed for racist motives, despite the Israeli police discretion about the circumstances of the incident. Omar Hamdan was killed in an area that was known for the commitment of racist attacks on Palestinian workers and taxi drivers over the past few years.

The report noted that there has been an escalation in the volume and number of attacks on Palestinian Jerusalemites during last year and beginning of this year, especially in Samuel Hanavi, Meia Shaarim, Bar Ilan Street, Jafa Street and Prophets Street. Sharp tools and knives were used in most of these attacks.

The report noted that more than 25 attacks have been committed against Palestinian Jerusalemites since the beginning of 2008. No measures have been taken against the perpetrators and no suspects were arrested.

Most of these attacks occurred after the bulldozers operations (the first & the second) and after the armed operation in the Jewish synagogue in West Jerusalem where Jewish extremist attacked Jerusalemite laborers and citizens.

The report referred to the systematic attack carried out by Jewish groups against Palestinians property in Jabal Al-Mukabber in the wake of the first bulldozers operation. The groups broke into the neighborhood and inflicted damages in a number of houses and property, while the Israeli police failed to take any measures against the perpetrators or to hold them responsible.

The report noted that these attacks were supported on different political and parliamentary levels, including Knesset Members & ministers who made agitating, strongly-worded statements, accusing Palestinian Jerusalemites of committing the three operations in West Jerusalem in early 2008. A statement was made by Israel Defense Minister, Ehud Barak, calling for the demolition of the suicide bombers houses without delay. Another statement was made by Israeli Minister of the Interior, Meer Shatrit, who called for denying the families of the suicide bombers of their residency right. A third statement was made by Deputy Prime Minister (from Shas Party) who called for the imposition of restrictions on the entry of Palestinian Jerusalemites to West Jerusalem.

The report warned that the attacks that took place in Akko city two weeks ago are nothing compared to the attacks that the extremist groups are planning to launch in Jerusalem (West & East), especially in the Palestinian neighborhoods adjacent to the Jewish settlements in Jerusalem. Three months ago, the Israeli police arrested an 11-member of an organized Jewish cell from the Jewish settlement of Pisgat Zeev. It carried out attacks on Palestinian youth from Beit Hanina & Shufat refugee camp.

In this context, an organized campaign led by local committees in Oisgat Zeev to fight the Arab presence in this settlement in light of the increasing number of the Arab citizens in the settlement and owning apartments by a number of citizens in the settlement.

The report accused the Israeli official parties of ignoring the incitement campaigns launched against Palestinian Jerusalemites, referring to the recent attacks during Jewish celebrations of Yom Kippur The Day of Atonement, were a number of attacks were reported. Stones were thrown on Palestinian vehicles and a number of citizens were physically attacked in (Bar Ilan & Samuel Hanavi Streets).

The report described the situation in Jerusalems Old City, especially in the surrounding of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, as extremely dangerous. The frequent, recent attacks on the Mosque and the opening of a Jewish synagogue, the largest in the Old City, may spark confrontations between hundreds of students from the Jewish Talmud Schools, who live in some 70 settlement nucleuses adjacent to the Mosque, and Palestinian Jerusalemites in the Old City whose houses and shops were attacked during large marches organized by the Jewish groups on their way to the Wailing Wall or Western Wall (al-Buraq Wall).

JCSERs Director General,underestimated the importance of the measures and steps taken by the Israeli police to prevent the wave of violence committed by extremist Jewish groups against Palestinian Jerusalemites. Hundreds of censorship cameras deployed by the Israeli police failed to catch the perpetrators of these attacks. At the same time, the Israeli police arrested a number of Palestinian youth accused of throwing stones or carrying out attacks against settlers.

Such issues are dealt with double standards. When the victim is an Arab, the censorship cameras are broken down, while the Israeli police rush into catching Palestinian youth taken by these cameras during throwing stones attacks, JCSER's Director.

He expressed concern over the escalation in the Jewish attacks. He added, Committing a crazy attack by individuals or small groups against the holy sites, especially the Al-Aqsa Mosque or against citizens in crowded markets, is what we fear the most in light of the prevailing situation and the failure of the Israeli police to take punitive measures against the perpetrators of these attacks.