Arab stone throwers attacked a bus full of Jewish school children near Jerusalem’s Old City on Sunday morning, causing damage but no physical injuries.
The attack occurred in the valley between the Old City and the Mount of Olives. The children were on a field trip at the time of the attack.
The assailants managed to shatter part of the bus’ windshield, and a number of terrified children were treated for shock.
The attack was the latest in what the Israeli media has dubbed “the silent intifada”.
In July and August, no fewer than 152 attacks on Jewish residents of Jerusalem were registered with police, and the violence appears to be escalating as September nears its end.
Police have arrested hundreds of local Arab residents believed involved in the attacks. Some of the suspected perpetrators are as young as nine-years-old.
Mayor Nir Barkat has vowed to continue the crackdown until peace is restored to all neighborhoods in the capital, but many fear the authorities will not truly do what is necessary until the rioters and terrorists manage to spill Jewish blood.
“Until there is blood, no one is going to take the hard measures needed to end this violence,” wrote Orly Goldklang, deputy editor of the Israeli daily newspaper Makor Rishon. “These relatively minor acts of terror (and Israel’s failure to react strongly) are setting the stage for much larger attacks.”
Indeed, this has been a common criticism of Israeli authorities for years. Typically, the police and army are not given a green light to respond in force until enough Israelis are killed or wounded.
“If we don’t come to our senses soon, a far greater outbreak of violence is only a matter of time,” warned columnist Nadav Shragai in the daily Israel Hayom.