Arab Violence in Jerusalem

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CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Arab protests against Israel's counter-terror operations in Gaza continued for a second day in Jerusalem.

In one incident, Arab teens set garbage containers on fire in the street and threw rocks at a car carrying two municipality workers. One youth jumped on the car and began beating the window with a metal rod.

The two inspectors maintained phone contact with their supervisor, who told them to get out of there in any way they could.

"Our instructions [from our supervisor] were just to get out of there as quickly as possible without paying any attention to the damage done to the car," one inspector said.

"I was afraid we were going to be lynched," said the other municipality worker.

Moments later, an Israeli Border Police anti-terror unit and an undercover Jerusalem police unit arrived and arrested the mob's ringleaders.

The incident occurred close to the Jerusalem District Court and Israeli Justice Ministry.

"The municipality will not give in, but will continue to enforce the law and provide service to all residents of the city, Arabs and Jews," said Jerusalem Mayor Uri Lupolianski.

Israelis watching the videotaped incident on television Monday night were reminded of rock-throwing Arab mobs in the first intifada (armed Palestinian uprising) in the 1980s and the second intifada, from 2000 to 2004.

Meanwhile, at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem's Mount Scopus campus, 150 Israeli Arab students held a noisy demonstration at the university's main entrance.

Dressed in keffiyehs (traditional Arab head scarves) and carrying Palestinian Authority flags, the crowd chanted, "With our blood and soul we shall liberate Palestine."

Jewish students held a counter-demonstration across the street, with police separating the two groups.

"We are talking about a group of students who live in the dorms, study at the expense of the state and in exchange call for the murder of Israelis and support terror," said 28-year-old Erez Tadmor, head of a student group called "If You Will It."

Tadmor suggested that people who contribute to the university's financial base should consider whether they want to support such anti-Israel incitement.

"Regretfully and shamefully, the incitement of the Islamic groups on campus is ignored by both the police and the university administration," he said.

Ali Behar, 23, who heads the Arab Students Committee, said Arab students remain loyal to their own.

"We are part of the Palestinian people and it is impossible to separate us from them," he said.

"We are protesting the Zionist terror against the Palestinian people," said Behar.

Student union spokesperson Shlomit Atzaba said the university permits all political activity on campus.

"We allow all political activity on campus so long as the rules of the game are kept and demonstrations do not revert to violence," she said.

Sources: The Jerusalem Post, israel national news

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