Border Police forces 311 (R).
(photo credit: Ammar Awad / Reuters)
Police raised the terror alert in the capital on Monday afternoon for three
hours in response to intelligence information of a possible terrorist
A temporary command center for police coordination was
established in a tent next to the International Convention Center (Binyanei
Hauma) as helicopters hovered overhead, before it was dismantled in the early
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Police received the intelligence in the early afternoon, and the
alert was raised at 2 p.m. A number of police and border police units were
mobilized in different neighborhoods across the city.
“This was specific
information we received, and police responded immediately in order to maintain
public safety,” said National Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld.
was heavy in many areas due to increased security measures.
police spokesman Shmuel Ben Ruby insisted that the three stabbing incidents in
the past six days were not connected with each other or with the heightened
terror alert on Monday. He added that the terror alert was also not connected to
the prisoner swap for Gilad Schalit, which some politicians and activists
claimed would inspire a new wave of terrorist attacks.
alert comes just two days after a stabbing attack in Jerusalem’s Ramot
neighborhood on Saturday afternoon, that left 17-year-old Yehuda Ne’emad in
serious condition. It was just one of three incidents involving stabbing
attempts or attacks in five days.
On Sunday, a Palestinian armed with a
14- centimeter knife was arrested by Border Police at the Cave of the Patriarchs
in Jerusalem. The man said he had intended to launch a knife attack on Israelis
on the site.
Last Wednesday, a Palestinian woman was arrested at the Gush
Etzion Junction after charging a group of soldiers and civilians waiting at a
bus stop and brandishing a knife while yelling “Death to Jews!” There were no
A defense source said the security establishment was not
viewing the recent stabbing attempts and incident as a coordinated wave of
“They’re not planned or directly related,” the source said
Rosenfeld said that the police and army deal with dozens of
similar raised terror alerts throughout the year, and the terror alert is always
raised during the Passover and High Holidays, as well as Ramadan and the summer
months.Yaakov Lappin contributed to this report.