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Ultra-Orthodox Jews hurl stones at Palestinian vehicles in Jerusalem
Published Sunday 26/01/2014 (updated) 28/01/2014 13:16
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JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Dozens of ultra-Orthodox Jews hurled stones at cars traveling on route 1 highway in Jerusalem on Saturday evening, in what victims claimed were racially-motivated assaults targeting Palestinians.

Eyewitnesses told a Ma'an reporter that about 60 ultra-Orthodox Jewish men hurled rocks at vehicles driven by Palestinians with Israeli registration plates and assaulted a bicyclist before stealing his bike.

Muhammad Abu al-Hummus, a Palestinian Jerusalem resident whose vehicle was attacked, said that some of the attackers were hurling stones from balconies and windows while others were on the road itself.

Abu al-Hummus added that when his car was hit, he stopped and stepped out, but attackers continued to pelt him with stones injuring his foot.

Abu al-Hummus confirmed that a bicyclist was attacked with stones and his bike was stolen.

A group of Israeli troops and police horsemen arrived on the scene, Abu al-Hummus said, but they merely watched the assailants and did not intervene.

Abu al-Hummus said that the police told the victims to file complaints at Israeli police stations.

Israeli police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld told Ma'an that he had no reports of the incident, possibly because no complaint had been received.

There have been tensions in the past between ultra-Orthodox Jewish settlers in East Jerusalem and local Palestinian residents, specifically in the area of highway 1.

In addition, ultra-Orthodox Jews often protest against vehicular traffic on Saturday as they deem it to violate Jewish proscriptions on working on the Sabbath.
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1 ) Sarah / The Netherlands
26/01/2014 12:43
This is really, really funny! Accusing Palestinians for violating the Sabbath while they themselves violate the Law of G-d by building their own Israel. And then they've got the nerve to call that piece of land "Israel". No shalom for you the second time!

2 ) Jay / USA
26/01/2014 15:20
LOL. Racially motivated assaults? What do you think the Arabs and the Nazis and the rest of the planet have been doing to the Jews for the past 2000 years!!!

3 ) Brian / USA
26/01/2014 15:39
This is what Jews were doing to Germans in the late 1800s through the 1930s. People DO tend to get fed up.

4 ) Amit / ISrael
26/01/2014 17:47
How could he possibly know it was a Arab car?! He threw stones at cars. it happened to be an Arab citizen who was hit. This is such a slanderous title, its embarrassing for this site.

5 ) Mel / USA
26/01/2014 19:37
"Violating" the Sabbath?So they SAVAGELY throw stones at innocent people. Gosh! Rather 'Old Testament-Absolutist-theocratic-executionist',what? Israel is just like al-Saud Arabia,stoning people,"breaking the bones" like pious Puritan sado-masochismo's zombie-ing the path of 'Gideon's Sword' instead of humane peace &"love thy neighbor"(even OCCUPIED ones)! No wonder our Christian-Zionist Evangelismo thugs 'adore' Israel SO much.They have so MUCH in common bond(age). LOL!

6 ) Vera Althrop - Smeeth / Highlands
26/01/2014 20:05
Maan, please could you confirm that the bike was stolen as opposed to confiscated (as there may be a problem in translation). My reason for asking is that I understand one of the ten commandments is 'Thou shalt not steal', which is part of the teachings of the Torah. Surely these religious people would have to abide by that, not so sure about the throwing stones bit though.

7 ) sol / usa
26/01/2014 20:12
jews cry all the time past is past they shoud focus in there own life and stop steeling the land of other people.

8 ) Tsula / USA
26/01/2014 20:16
"ultra-Orthodox Jews" are the Israeli terrorists--for now. They are given a free hand in all of their unlawful activities as can be seen from this story which is not new by any means. This behavior will continue until the world at large, minus the United States, stops them as they did Hitler, Mussolini, and Tojo. The United States is definitely on the wrong side of history here and all Jews will ultimately suffer for the unlawful antics of a few.

9 ) Maureen / Australia
26/01/2014 20:25
Are these the same mob of so called Jews who spit on Christians, disallow women the same human rights as men?

10 ) Colin Wright / USA
26/01/2014 21:11
To Brian #3: 'This is what Jews were doing to Germans in the late 1800s through the 1930s. People DO tend to get fed up.' Are you some kind of weird troll?

11 ) Colin Wright / USA
26/01/2014 21:12
To Jay #2: 'LOL. Racially motivated assaults? What do you think the Arabs and the Nazis and the rest of the planet have been doing to the Jews for the past 2000 years!!!' So two wrongs make a right? If somebody stole my bike when I was a kid, I get to steal your laptop? Just checking...

12 ) shirley / australia
26/01/2014 22:01
pity it wast at the gutless pa and the hand picked plo executive the garabage about cant join un bodies because might upset us is the very reason to do it and proves us does not support pal state /2 stataes abbss is f gutless hore and lead trhe mE and world to war as astate pals can join whatr they like and if us threatens to pull plug finacially proves what pals know US DOES NOT WANT A PAL STATE kerry trying to allow settlers occuaption another 20 yrs to make life unbearable and cede

13 ) Paul / Kenya
27/01/2014 00:12
Bad article. These very religious Jews throw stones at any vehecles driving during the sabbath, weather the driver is arab, muslim, christian or jew. So dont make it out as an anti-arab thing. These religious jews are protesting the violation of their sabbath.

14 ) ian / australia
28/01/2014 04:27
#6 "...I understand one of the ten commandments is 'Thou shalt not steal', which is part of the teachings of the Torah. Surely these religious people would have to abide by that..." That's the best kept secret, 'Vera Althrop-Smeeth'. The Ten Commandments aren't UNIVERSAL. They apply to Jews only. Kill, steal, lie, adultery, covet your neighbour's ass etc. apply to the actions of Jews towards Jews. WE don't come into it. It's made clear from the start: "I am the LORD your God, who brought you out

15 ) ian / australia
28/01/2014 04:31
(contd.) of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery", "You shall have no other gods before me..." etc. It's a revelation from the tribal deity to his "peculiar people". The proof is that after revealing the proscription against killing (and stealing), the Israelites are commanded to "save alive nothing which breatheth" as they conquer the land "which the Lord thy God doth give thee for an inheritance"! It's only with Christians that the claim of the universality of the Decalogue appears

16 ) ian / australia
28/01/2014 04:32
(contd.) which I'm sure gives Jews a good laugh.

17 ) ian / australia
28/01/2014 08:17
Only the Ultra-Orthodox, with lives devoted to the labyrinthine intricacies of Halakha, could fail to see the illogic in protesting the violation of the Sabbath by Muslims, Christians, NON-Orthodox Jews and anyone else who thinks it's OK to drive on Saturday. Only fundamentalists this extreme could think eccentric laws from THEIR ancient religion apply to people who don't believe it.
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