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Arab youths stone MKs on tour of Silwan

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Arab youths stone MKs on tour of Silwan

Members of a special Knesset committee on the Rights of the Child toured the flashpoint Silwan neighborhood in eastern Jerusalem on Tuesday to investigate a recent rash of stone throwing incidents by Arab youths and found themselves under assault from a hail of rocks. The visit was prompted by an incident last Friday when the head of the local Jewish community was stoned as he drove his car down a Silwan street. Al-Jazeera released edited footage of his vehicle running into two Arab youths, but failed to show the sequence of them hurling rocks at his car just beforehand. Scores of adults and reporters were also on the scene and none tried to stop the stone throwing. In the past six months, Israeli police have arrested 76 people for rock throwing incidents in east Jerusalem. Thirty were youth, between the ages of 12-18. Jewish residents from east Jerusalem neighborhoods noted that every day for the past two weeks, groups of kids had been at the main intersection at Ras-al-Amud, near the Mount of Olives cemetery, throwing rocks at passing cars for the entire day. Committee members vowed to protect local children by holding accountable those adults who are letting them wreak havoc in the streets. Internal Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch also visited the east Jerusalem neighborhoods of Silwan and Issawiya today and announced that extra funding has been budgeted to increase security in the area.

 

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