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Thursday, August 25, 2011

An incident in Silwan (Kfar HaShiloach)

Firas Press reports that the Israeli police came to the Arab part of Silwan and arrested a young man. As they tried to arrest him, the residents rioted and threw firebombs.

They give no reason why the man would have been arrested.

Maybe it has something to do with what happened the day before in that neighborhood. An Israeli couple, Gedi and Sarah Haimov, with their young daughter accidentally found themselves in Silwan as they were on their way to pray at the Kotel. The Arab youths there noticed the Jews and started throwing firecrackers at their car, almost hitting the child. Gedi stopped the car to yell at them, and they pushed him to the ground, kicking him.

Sarah, not able to see her husband anymore and afraid he was kidnapped, jumped into the drivers' seat and tried to speed away to save her child. She estimated that there were some 70 rioters at that point.

Gedi, meanwhile, tried to reach his gun but it fell to the ground in the fight. While he was being pummeled he managed to find the gun under the car. He grabbed it and waved it, and his attackers fled.

Miraculously, he was not badly injured even though he was beaten throughout his body.

That miracle is the reason why this story was not translated into English. Arabs attacking Jews - even in Jerusalem - is not news, unless they successfully kill them.

Because people don't know about how Silwan youths tried to lynch a Jewish family, the Arabic media can imply that Israeli forces are capriciously arresting Arab youths in Silwan.

(h/t Kramerica)