Watching the news shows broadcasted by Israel’s three major TV stations one could easily come to the conclusion that interparty political affairs or the many cases of crime are the most important issues to be reported on these days.

And, when the very tense and explosive situation in Jerusalem is addressed, there is hardly any mentioning of the root causes of the escalating violence by Palestinian Arabs.

Maor Tzemach, chairman of the NGO Your Jerusalem. this week harshly criticized the Israeli media for their hush-hush reporting on Arab violence in Jerusalem. He claimed the media were wary to report the harsh reality on the ground because they don’t want to embarrass the current government that has an Arab Islamist party and a far-left party in its ranks.

Let’s now take a look at this harsh reality on the ground and at what is driving the current riots near Jerusalem’s Old City.

Every single day in the recent period, Israeli police and officers of the Border Police had to deal with hundreds of rioting Arabs who come to the so-called Damascus Gate (Sha’ar Shechem in Hebrew) to throw stones and Molotov cocktails at Israeli Jews and police officers.

On Wednesday, for example, the police arrested 22 Arabs and had to fire warning shots in the air in an effort to disperse the violent crowds.

The rioters threw stones at passing Israeli cars while a bus was also stoned, shattering some of its windows.

A 38-year-old man and a sixteen-year-old Jewish boy were injured in the bus incident and had to be treated by the first-responder organization Magen David Adom. The rest of the passengers left the bus unharmed due to the alertness of the driver who saw the hail of stones coming and ordered the passengers to hide on the floor of the vehicle.

Hamas, Turkey, the Palestinian Authority, Turkey, and Islamist activists are fanning the flames in Jerusalem using the pretext of “Israeli settlers storming the al-Aqsa mosque”, as an excuse to incite the masses.

In reality, however, no Israeli Jews ever enter the mosque as they are only allowed to come to visit the site where the two Jewish Temples once stood before they were destroyed and, sometimes briefly recite a prayer. READ MORE

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