Rioting Arabs Try to Storm Jewish Homes in Old Jerusalem
Raging Arabs tried to storm Jewish homes in Old Jerusalem following the funeral of a Palestinian teen who was shot dead yesterday in rioting.
Israeli riot police and an undercover unit arrest Palestinian rioters during clashes in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiya. A Palestinian teenager wounded in Jerusalem clashes Friday, as Palestinians launched events to mourn the 1948 creation of the Jewish state, died of his wounds overnight, his family told AFP Saturday. (AFP/Menahem Kahana)
Arutz Sheva reported:
Arab rioters attempted on Saturday to burst into several Jewish homes built in the Moscowitz housing project in eastern Jerusalem, hurling rocks and damaging Jewish property.
The rioters were protesting the death of 17-year-old Milad Said Ayash, who Saturday morning of wounds sustained Friday after being shot during a Nakba Day riot in eastern Jerusalem.
Media reported that an Israeli security officer shot the teen in response to a perceived threat to his own life.
Jewish residents vehemently rejected the report and noted that the boy’s family refused to allow officials to verify the report through an autopsy to determine the truth.
Police spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld confirmed that police asked to perform an autopsy on Ayash to aid in their investigation of the incident, but that the family refused.
Hundreds of Arabs began rioting during the funeral for the teen on Saturday morning as they wound their way toward the burial ground near Jerusalem’s Old City.
A car burns as Israeli police officers look on during clashes with Palestinians in the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Issawiya May 13, 2011. An Israeli police spokesman said 21 people were arrested in the moderate clashes that occurred in and around Jerusalem. The police are on high alert ahead of “Nakba Day” (Catastrophe), marked on May 15 to commemorate the expulsion or fleeing of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from their homes in the war that led to the founding of Israel in 1948. (REUTERS/Darren Whiteside)