Jewish public officials nearly lynched in Jerusalem

Tuesday, March 04, 2008 |  by Staff Writer

Two Jerusalem public officials on Monday recounted for Israel National News and Mayor Uri Lupolianski their near lynch at the hand of an Arab mob earlier in the day in the Israeli capital.

The victims, both municipal inspectors, said that after turning down a main road in an Arab-dominated area of downtown Jerusalem, they were suddenly forced to stop their car after coming upon burning dumpster pushed into the middle of the street.

As soon as their car had stopped, dozens of Arab men hurling glass bottles and wielding large metal bars attacked the vehicle. The two Jewish men managed to escape by driving their car onto the sidewalk, but said that the mob most certainly intended to do them physical harm.

Israeli security officials cited by Israel National News said the eruption of violence among Jerusalem Arabs over the past few days has been anything but a spontaneous response to the escalating fighting in and around Gaza, as Arab officials have tried to portray it.

The sources said ongoing riots and violent demonstrations by the capital's Arab residents is being planned and incited by elements that want to ignite bloodshed in the city and even spark a third intifada, or Arab uprising against Israel.

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