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(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Police arrested a young Jewish man in the Old City on Monday after they were
tipped off that he was planning a terror attack, possibly on the Temple
The suspect was apprehended at the Ateret Yerushalayim Yeshiva,
after a student alerted a rabbi that a man matching the police description was
in a class. The rabbis immediately called the police and escorted the officers
to the room where the man was learning.
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The man was arrested with force
and brought in for questioning, where it was determined he was mentally
He was then hospitalized in a psychiatric institution, and is
currently undergoing evaluations there.
Police and the Shin Bet (Israel
Security Agency) would not release information about where the man had allegedly
planned to carry out the attack or how far along he had been in his
“He didn’t fit in with the character of the yeshiva,” said Yosef
Bruce, a director of the yeshiva, who noted that the man had raised suspicions
when he started asking “strange questions.”
“The yeshiva is obviously
against these types of actions and does not wish to do harm to anyone,” said
Bruce. It was the first time that the man had come to the Ateret Yerushalayim
Home to 250 students, the right-wing yeshiva was founded 30
years ago in the Muslim Quarter of the Old City.
Bruce noted that the
rabbis received information from the police when they had specific intelligence
about a suspect, such as in this instance.
“We all work together very
well,” he said. “The rabbis and students at the yeshiva have a friendly
relationship with the guards, and we try to make it peaceful.”
tempers ran high when the Knesset’s Interior Committee met Wednesday morning to
discuss rock-throwing incidents in Jerusalem, with MKs slamming the Jerusalem
District Police, and Arab MKs facing off against their Jewish colleagues over
the question of blame for the repeated incidents near the Western Wall and the
neighborhood of Silwan.
MKs, including Arye Eldad (National Union), who
initiated the hearing, criticized Jerusalem District head Cmdr.
Franco for taking an overly relaxed approach to the rock-throwing
Franco told MKs in response that police forces had arrested or
detained over 700 people in the past year for rock-throwing and that he did not
think there was an overarching plan behind the occurrences.
unacceptable that the Israel Police have reconciled themselves to terror by
rocks and Molotov cocktails, and ignore the fact that the disorder is being
organized from above,” complained Eldad.
“This is not a local initiative
by a few youths who cannot be controlled.”
The discord within the
committee only increased when a shouting match broke out between Eldad, MK
Nissim Ze’ev (Shas) and MK Jamal Zahalka (Balad).
Eldad with cries of “fascist” and “racist” and said that the real cause of the
stone-throwing was the “oppressive policies of the occupation.”