Ramat Shlomo 311.
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski/The Jerusalem Post))
A firebomb attack against a yeshiva in the capital’s Ramat Shlomo neighborhood
in the early hours of Sunday morning was described as unusual by Jerusalem
Police, who expressed concern.
A police spokeswoman said that while
firebomb attacks had occurred inside predominately Arab east Jerusalem
neighborhoods like Silwan and Ras al-Amud over recent months, the attack in
Ramat Shlomo, a haredi enclave next to Ramot, was “out of the
“There have been rockthrowing incidents there in the past,”
the spokeswoman said.
“But incidents of this degree are unusual for that
According to police, a number of the crude explosives were
thrown at the yeshiva, located on Harav Goldknopf Street, on the eastern edge of
the neighborhood – just after one o’clock in the morning.
explosives ignited a fire that caused damage to the roof before firefighters
were able to put out the flames.
Border Police officers arrested two Arab
teenagers from the adjacent east Jerusalem neighborhood of Shuafat on suspicion
that they were responsible for the attack. They were still in custody Sunday
Asked if the area had seen an increase in violent attacks
since last March, when Ramat Shlomo sparked a diplomatic row with the US after a
plan to add some 1,600 new homes there was announced, the spokeswoman declined
Situated in the northeastern part of the capital, Ramat
Shlomo is built on lands extending over the Green Line, and is thus considered
part of “east Jerusalem.”