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Tensions Continue to Simmer amid Riots and Attempted Terror Attacks

May 17, 2022

by: Kate Norman

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Police barricade blocking a Jerusalem street (illustrative)

Tuesday, 17 May 2022 | As tensions in Israel continue to simmer amid an ongoing wave of terror attacks and violence, Israeli security forces have their hands full with another attempted attack this morning as well as rioting at a Palestinian funeral in Jerusalem yesterday.

Last night, the funeral of a Palestinian man attended by thousands devolved into an all-out riot in which the crowd began throwing rocks, bottles and other makeshift weapons toward the police and launching fireworks in their direction.

The funeral in Jerusalem’s Old City was for 21-year-old Walid al-Sharif, a Palestinian man who recently died from injuries incurred while he was reportedly involved in another riot on the Temple Mount earlier this month.

Al-Sharif was injured falling while fleeing arrest after throwing rocks at police at the flashpoint site, Israeli Police reported.

Six police officers sustained light injuries during the funeral riot, the police said in a statement, and two had to be taken to the hospital for treatment. The rioters also damaged vehicles passing by, the police said.

Border Police officers stationed along the funeral procession were reportedly targeted by a car speeding toward them, police said, and fired at the tires to stop the oncoming car, preventing any injuries. They then reportedly arrested five Palestinians inside the vehicle.

The police employed riot dispersal methods and reported that they arrested 15 Palestinians in the riot.

The crowd chanted, “with our souls and blood, we will redeem you, martyr,” the Times of Israel reported.

The violence continued this morning in Samaria when a Palestinian man charged Israeli soldiers with a knife.

Security footage of the attack shows the man armed with a knife approaching two Israeli soldiers stationed near the entrance of the Arab city of Nablus. The soldiers appear to shout something at him with their guns drawn before he charges at them.

They then fire at him, bringing him down to the ground. Neither of the soldiers were harmed, and the terrorist’s condition remains unclear. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) reported that he was “neutralized.”

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett met this morning with IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi and other military chiefs, the Times of Israel reported.

“The order is clear: Strike the terrorists wherever they are, with all types of weaponry,” Bennett said after the meeting, as quoted by the Times of Israel.

“Whoever raises a hand against an Israeli citizen or soldier will have his blood on his head,” the prime minister added.

The violent tensions that kicked off during Ramadan, which began on April 1 and ran until May 1, continue simmering throughout Jerusalem and Israel, even weeks after the holiday ended.

Ramadan is one of the basic pillars of Islam, a month-long holiday that calls for fasting, praying, reading the Quran and introspection. The holiday calls for introspection and self-restraint.

That self-restraint, however, is often sorely lacking in Jerusalem and across Israel during Ramadan. The holiday is often marked by heightened tensions and violence, such as rioting and terror attacks.

In fact, the end of March, just before Ramadan began, started a terror wave that has killed 19 people.

Israeli security forces are on heightened alert across the country and particularly in flashpoints such as the Old City of Jerusalem as well as hotspots for terror attacks in Judea and Samaria.

Posted on May 17, 2022

Source: (Bridges for Peace, May 17, 2022)

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