Jewish children aged 2–5 were rushed into the bomb shelters of their nurseries and kindergartens after coming under attack by a gang of masked Arab assailants on the Mount of Olives on Tuesday.
The attack occurred in the small Jewish neighborhood of Ma’ale Hazeitiim, situated adjacent to the large Jewish cemetery that occupies the western slope of the Mount of Olives.
The Arabs, who all appeared to be youths, hurled stones, fireworks and Molotov cocktails at the fenced playground of a local nursery. Children at nearby nurseries and kindergartens were also rushed inside until the tumult died down with the eventual arrival of Israeli police forces.
Such attacks have become almost a daily occurrence in Jerusalem, where residents and officials say a “silent intifada” is being waged.
Due to the miraculous lack of serious injuries resulting from the attacks, municipal authorities and the police have been reluctant to take strong measure to curb the violence, which has earned them scorn in the Israeli media.