Arab Riots Spread To Hebrew University, Haifa, Natzeret

Photos of the Jews injured by rocks thrown by Arabs outside Hebrew University at Har Hatzofim. (Honenu legal organization)

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Arab riots and violence continued on Sunday, spreading to Har Hatzofim outside the entrance of Hebrew University, with dozens of Arabs throwing rocks at Jewish passersby.

A number of Jews passing by the area were injured. Three sustained head injuries after being hit by rocks and were evacuated to Shaare Tzedek Hospital. Another three Jews were sprayed with pepper spray and were treated at the scene.

Other Jews were physically attacked, including three police officers who arrived at the scene and threw stun grenades at the Arabs. The injured police officers were also evacuated to the hospital for treatment.

“They wouldn’t let us leave the university,” Prof. Avi Kluger, a lecturer at Hebrew University told Yent. “I was in my car and they rerouted us to other exits. There were also people who couldn’t leave by foot. They told us that the road leading to Hadassah Hospital is closed and so is the way to Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, where they were throwing stones.”

“In the last hour, violence broke out at the gates to the university at its Mount Scopus campus,” a Hebrew University statement said. “Police arrived and took control of the scene. During the violent incidents, students and staff were instructed to remain inside the buildings in order to ensure their safety. Neither staff members nor students were injured.”

Riots also spread on Sunday throughout Israel, including the cities of Haifa and Natzeret. Riots also continued in the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah.

In Haifa, 15 Arabs were arrested for attacking police officers and attempting to break through a police barrier. A number of Arabs were arrested in Natzeret as well.


(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)