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Jerusalem - Demonstrators Protest In Light Of Kidnapping Youths, Police Arrest 28

Published on: July 1, 2014 01:42 PM
By: Jerusalem Post
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Israeli police clash with rightwing protesters during a large protest against Arab terrorism in central Jerusalem, on July 1, 2014, in response to the kidnap and murder of three Jewish teens.(Flash90)Jerusalem - An initially peaceful protest over the murders of Gil-Ad Shaer, Eyal Yifrah, and Naftali Fraenkel at the entrance to the capital Tuesday afternoon turned into a protracted riot, spanning much of the downtown area, including the Old City’s Jaffa Gate.

According to one eye witness, the violence began in front of the Central Bus Station at approximately 4 p.m., shortly after demonstrators blocked traffic on two major roads near the busy station.

“The cops came because they obstructed traffic,” said Lia Kaman, a Jerusalem Post intern, who unwittingly became embroiled in the melee. “The police kept trying to get them off the road, and that’s when they started arresting people.

“When the crowd realized people were getting arrested, it got violent.”

Kaman, a Hawaii native studying and working in Jerusalem, said she was struck in the face by an officer as the police attempted to contain the unruly crowd, although she was not seriously harmed.

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“It started with people pushing police and police pushing back and I got hit in the face by a cop when he was pushing the crowd back,” she said. “I saw one kid split his head open after being pushed over a wall by an officer. I got an EMT for him.”

Kaman said a group of the protesters then gathered rocks to defend themselves, although none were thrown.

“There were three fights going on at once between the police and protesters,” she said.

After the violence abated, Kaman said a group of the protesters marched up Jaffa Road, where they soon converged upon an Arab-owned store and shouted at its owner, while his two small children watched on.

“There were people shouting at the owner about revenge and how the government needs to do something, and they overturned the store’s candy stands,” Kaman said. “The owner’s two little girls were freaking out and crying.”

Although owner and his daughters were not physically harmed, she said that they were “very upset.”

After leaving the store, the growing mob continued up Jaffa Road to the shuk, where they blocked the Light Rail’s train tracks and damaged a moped, she said.

“The cops then blocked off all the entrances to the shuk to prevent them from getting in and they soon left without any violence,” Kaman continued.

As the protest attracted more and more young people, Kaman said hundreds assembled approximately 30 minutes later at Jaffa Gate in the Old City demanding revenge.

“When the cops threatened to use tear gas the majority of the group began running away from the Old City and some people got trampled,” she said. “Then hundreds of people walked back to Jaffa Road and some of them sat on the train tracks.”

Moments later, as a police helicopter hovered above and officers on horseback attempted to quell the protest, the group went converged on City Hall’s Safra Square while chanting “Kahane was right” and Revenge!” and wearing stickers stating the same words.

Asked why she was joining the protest, teenager Noa Ben-Hamo, who was accompanied by two friends, expressed exacerbation over the murders of the three teenage yeshiva students.

“We are very angry and we came here to protest the terrorists,” said Ben-Hamo, as hundreds of other protesters continued down Jaffa Road followed by dozens of officers.

“We don’t want to live in fear and we don’t want war with the Arabs, but we want the terrorists to stop doing this because we are Jewish,” she continued.

“This is our country!”


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Israeli police on horses stand on guard as a young Jewish boy wrapped in an Israeli flag stares at them, during a large protest against Arab terrorism in central Jerusalem, on July 1, 2014, in response to the kidnap and murder of three Jewish teens. The bodies of the teens, Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Sha'ar and Naftali Fraenkel, were discovered the previous day in a field near Karmei Tzur in the West Bank, and are brought to rest in a joint funeral ceremony at the Modiin cemetery. The three teenagers had been missing since June 12, while hitchhiking in the West Bank, and were presumed to have been abducted by terrorists. (Credit: Flash90)Israeli police on horses stand on guard as a young Jewish boy wrapped in an Israeli flag stares at them, during a large protest against Arab terrorism in central Jerusalem, on July 1, 2014, in response to the kidnap and murder of three Jewish teens. The bodies of the teens, Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Sha’ar and Naftali Fraenkel, were discovered the previous day in a field near Karmei Tzur in the West Bank, and are brought to rest in a joint funeral ceremony at the Modiin cemetery. The three teenagers had been missing since June 12, while hitchhiking in the West Bank, and were presumed to have been abducted by terrorists. (Credit: Flash90)
Israeli police clash with rightwing protesters during a large protest against Arab terrorism in central Jerusalem, on July 1, 2014, in response to the kidnap and murder of three Jewish teens. The bodies of the teens, Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Sha'ar and Naftali Fraenkel, were discovered the previous day in a field near Karmei Tzur in the West Bank, and are brought to rest in a joint funeral ceremony at the Modiin cemetery. The three teenagers had been missing since June 12, while hitchhiking in the West Bank, and were presumed to have been abducted by terrorists. (Credit: Flash90)Israeli police clash with rightwing protesters during a large protest against Arab terrorism in central Jerusalem, on July 1, 2014, in response to the kidnap and murder of three Jewish teens. The bodies of the teens, Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Sha’ar and Naftali Fraenkel, were discovered the previous day in a field near Karmei Tzur in the West Bank, and are brought to rest in a joint funeral ceremony at the Modiin cemetery. The three teenagers had been missing since June 12, while hitchhiking in the West Bank, and were presumed to have been abducted by terrorists. (Credit: Flash90)
Israeli police clash with rightwing protesters during a large protest against Arab terrorism in central Jerusalem, on July 1, 2014, in response to the kidnap and murder of three Jewish teens. The bodies of the teens, Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Sha'ar and Naftali Fraenkel, were discovered the previous day in a field near Karmei Tzur in the West Bank, and are brought to rest in a joint funeral ceremony at the Modiin cemetery. The three teenagers had been missing since June 12, while hitchhiking in the West Bank, and were presumed to have been abducted by terrorists. (Credit: Flash90)Israeli police clash with rightwing protesters during a large protest against Arab terrorism in central Jerusalem, on July 1, 2014, in response to the kidnap and murder of three Jewish teens. The bodies of the teens, Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Sha’ar and Naftali Fraenkel, were discovered the previous day in a field near Karmei Tzur in the West Bank, and are brought to rest in a joint funeral ceremony at the Modiin cemetery. The three teenagers had been missing since June 12, while hitchhiking in the West Bank, and were presumed to have been abducted by terrorists. (Credit: Flash90)
Rightwing Jewish young boys wearing stickers that say "Kahana was right" and "Revenge" march during a large rightwing protest against Arab terrorism in central Jerusalem, on July 1, 2014, in response to the kidnap and murder of three Jewish teens. The bodies of the teens, Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Sha'ar and Naftali Fraenkel, were discovered the previous day in a field near Karmei Tzur in the West Bank, and are brought to rest in a joint funeral ceremony at the Modiin cemetery. The three teenagers had been missing since June 12, while hitchhiking in the West Bank, and were presumed to have been abducted by terrorists. (Credit: Flash90)Rightwing Jewish young boys wearing stickers that say "Kahana was right" and "Revenge" march during a large rightwing protest against Arab terrorism in central Jerusalem, on July 1, 2014, in response to the kidnap and murder of three Jewish teens. The bodies of the teens, Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Sha’ar and Naftali Fraenkel, were discovered the previous day in a field near Karmei Tzur in the West Bank, and are brought to rest in a joint funeral ceremony at the Modiin cemetery. The three teenagers had been missing since June 12, while hitchhiking in the West Bank, and were presumed to have been abducted by terrorists. (Credit: Flash90)
Rightwing Jewish young boys wearing stickers that say "Kahana was right" and "Revenge" seen giving the finger and yelling at Arab women sitting inside the lightrail in central Jerusalem during a large rightwing protest against Arab terrorism, on July 1, 2014, in response to the kidnap and murder of three Jewish teens. The bodies of the teens, Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Sha'ar and Naftali Fraenkel, were discovered the previous day in a field near Karmei Tzur in the West Bank, and are brought to rest in a joint funeral ceremony at the Modiin cemetery. The three teenagers had been missing since June 12, while hitchhiking in the West Bank, and were presumed to have been abducted by terrorists. (Credit: Flash90)Rightwing Jewish young boys wearing stickers that say "Kahana was right" and "Revenge" seen giving the finger and yelling at Arab women sitting inside the lightrail in central Jerusalem during a large rightwing protest against Arab terrorism, on July 1, 2014, in response to the kidnap and murder of three Jewish teens. The bodies of the teens, Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Sha’ar and Naftali Fraenkel, were discovered the previous day in a field near Karmei Tzur in the West Bank, and are brought to rest in a joint funeral ceremony at the Modiin cemetery. The three teenagers had been missing since June 12, while hitchhiking in the West Bank, and were presumed to have been abducted by terrorists. (Credit: Flash90)
Rightwing protesters dress up as Arab terrorists and Jewish victims during a large protest in central Jerusalem, on July 1, 2014,  in response to the kidnap and murder of three Jewish teens. The bodies of the teens, Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Sha'ar and Naftali Fraenkel, were discovered the previous day in a field near Karmei Tzur in the West Bank, and are brought to rest in a joint funeral ceremony at the Modiin cemetery. The three teenagers had been missing since June 12, while hitchhiking in the West Bank, and were presumed to have been abducted by terrorists. (Credit: Flash90)Rightwing protesters dress up as Arab terrorists and Jewish victims during a large protest in central Jerusalem, on July 1, 2014,  in response to the kidnap and murder of three Jewish teens. The bodies of the teens, Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Sha’ar and Naftali Fraenkel, were discovered the previous day in a field near Karmei Tzur in the West Bank, and are brought to rest in a joint funeral ceremony at the Modiin cemetery. The three teenagers had been missing since June 12, while hitchhiking in the West Bank, and were presumed to have been abducted by terrorists. (Credit: Flash90)
Rightwing protesters clash with police during a large protest against Arab terrorism in central Jerusalem, on July 1, 2014,  in response to the kidnap and murder of three Jewish teens. The bodies of the teens, Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Sha'ar and Naftali Fraenkel, were discovered the previous day in a field near Karmei Tzur in the West Bank, and are brought to rest in a joint funeral ceremony at the Modiin cemetery. The three teenagers had been missing since June 12, while hitchhiking in the West Bank, and were presumed to have been abducted by terrorists. (Credit: Flash90)Rightwing protesters clash with police during a large protest against Arab terrorism in central Jerusalem, on July 1, 2014,  in response to the kidnap and murder of three Jewish teens. The bodies of the teens, Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Sha’ar and Naftali Fraenkel, were discovered the previous day in a field near Karmei Tzur in the West Bank, and are brought to rest in a joint funeral ceremony at the Modiin cemetery. The three teenagers had been missing since June 12, while hitchhiking in the West Bank, and were presumed to have been abducted by terrorists. (Credit: Flash90)
Rightwing protesters with signs and Israeli flags block the entrance to Jerusalem during a large protest against Arab terrorism, on July 1, 2014, in response to the kidnap and murder of three Jewish teens. The bodies of the teens, Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Sha'ar and Naftali Fraenkel, were discovered the previous day in a field near Karmei Tzur in the West Bank, and are brought to rest in a joint funeral ceremony at the Modiin cemetery. The three teenagers had been missing since June 12, while hitchhiking in the West Bank, and were presumed to have been abducted by terrorists. (Credit: Flash90)Rightwing protesters with signs and Israeli flags block the entrance to Jerusalem during a large protest against Arab terrorism, on July 1, 2014, in response to the kidnap and murder of three Jewish teens. The bodies of the teens, Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Sha’ar and Naftali Fraenkel, were discovered the previous day in a field near Karmei Tzur in the West Bank, and are brought to rest in a joint funeral ceremony at the Modiin cemetery. The three teenagers had been missing since June 12, while hitchhiking in the West Bank, and were presumed to have been abducted by terrorists. (Credit: Flash90)
Rightwing protesters with signs and Israeli flags march during a large protest against Arab terrorism in central Jerusalem, on July 1, 2014, in response to the kidnap and murder of three Jewish teens. The bodies of the teens, Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Sha'ar and Naftali Fraenkel, were discovered the previous day in a field near Karmei Tzur in the West Bank, and are brought to rest in a joint funeral ceremony at the Modiin cemetery. The three teenagers had been missing since June 12, while hitchhiking in the West Bank, and were presumed to have been abducted by terrorists. (Credit: Flash90)Rightwing protesters with signs and Israeli flags march during a large protest against Arab terrorism in central Jerusalem, on July 1, 2014, in response to the kidnap and murder of three Jewish teens. The bodies of the teens, Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Sha’ar and Naftali Fraenkel, were discovered the previous day in a field near Karmei Tzur in the West Bank, and are brought to rest in a joint funeral ceremony at the Modiin cemetery. The three teenagers had been missing since June 12, while hitchhiking in the West Bank, and were presumed to have been abducted by terrorists. (Credit: Flash90)
Rightwing former MK, Michael Ben Ari, is lifted up waving an Israeli flag during a large rightwing protest against Arab terrorism in central Jerusalem, on July 1, 2014, in response to the kidnap and murder of three Jewish teens. The bodies of the teens, Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Sha'ar and Naftali Fraenkel, were discovered the previous day in a field near Karmei Tzur in the West Bank, and are brought to rest in a joint funeral ceremony at the Modiin cemetery. The three teenagers had been missing since June 12, while hitchhiking in the West Bank, and were presumed to have been abducted by terrorists. (Credit: Flash90)Rightwing former MK, Michael Ben Ari, is lifted up waving an Israeli flag during a large rightwing protest against Arab terrorism in central Jerusalem, on July 1, 2014, in response to the kidnap and murder of three Jewish teens. The bodies of the teens, Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Sha’ar and Naftali Fraenkel, were discovered the previous day in a field near Karmei Tzur in the West Bank, and are brought to rest in a joint funeral ceremony at the Modiin cemetery. The three teenagers had been missing since June 12, while hitchhiking in the West Bank, and were presumed to have been abducted by terrorists. (Credit: Flash90)


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 Jul 01, 2014 at 04:27 PM Nekama! Says:

I was there waiting to get through the lights. I didn't see any violence, just chanting & giving out bumper stickers. Yes they blocked traffic, but so what? They were 1000% right, just like the aticker that says Harav Kahane was right. I put the stickers oin my car. You have a problem? Too bad. In Israel, they actually mean it when they talk about freedom of speech.

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