Bus Driver Returning From Meron Attacked, Bus Set On Fire

Israel Fire and Rescue Services

A 72-year-old Jewish bus driver who was returning from Meron on Tuesday evening accidentally entered the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiya and was violently attacked by local Arabs.

Arabs threw Molotov cocktails and stones at the bus, which caught on fire. Police forces who were in the area quelled the rioters and rescued the driver from the bus right before it burst into flames.

United Hatzalah paramedics who were called to the scene administered emergency medical aid to the bus driver while being guarded by Israel Police and Border Guard officers. He was evacuated to Hadassah Har HaTzofim Hospital in light condition.

The bus driver said that he had given tzedakah l’zechus Rashbi in Meron and it saved him from certain death. “They were beating me,” he said.

Four firefighting teams were required to subdue the fire as police officers shielded them from the Arab rioters.

Israel Fire and Rescue Services

(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)


  1. Bring Israel up on charges at the Hague. How dare the IDF and fire Makabim save the driver and extinguish the fire! Never mind the attack on the bus – certainly $100,000 loss at least!

  2. What about the police water cannon? They can usually be deployed quicker than the fire brigade. They should have been called out and would have had a safely protected vehicle that could put out the fire at the same time. Nobody seems to have thought of that!

  3. Yaapchik it has to do with who is the government of that land and it’s inhabitant if they live on this land as citizen’s of a country they have the right to ownership on the property