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July 2, 2015 12:18 pm

Palestinians Ambush, Stone Israeli Firefighters After Igniting Fires in Jerusalem

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Palestinian arsonists set fire an open area with molotov cocktails, and then lay in wait to attack the firefighters with stones. PHOTO: 0404 News.

Palestinian arsonists set fire an open area with molotov cocktails, and then lay in wait to attack the firefighters with stones. PHOTO: 0404 News.

Palestinian vandals ignited fires in Jerusalem with Molotov cocktails and then ambushed and stoned firefighters who arrived at the scene to extinguish the flames, Israeli news site 0404 exclusively reported on Thursday.

The incident, according to the report, occurred in Jerusalem’s suburb of Pisgat Ze’ev.

First Sergeant Hezi Shimon, the commander of the responding firefighting force, told 0404 that “in the evening we rushed to a fire occurring in the wadi separating Pisgat Ze’ev from Shuafat.” Shimon noted that he had “extensive experience with fires in this area.”

“From the beginning,” he said, “this was a planned ambush by youths and masked attackers from Shuafat.”

Shimon said the method of the attackers was “simple.” They would, “throw Molotov cocktails towards the woods and vegetation, then lie in wait for us on the fence with stones, [more] Molotov cocktails, iron bars and everything else in sight.”

Shimon said the goal of the attackers was “twofold: to attack the firefighters and also to ignite a fire that would cause damage to the houses in the Pisgat Ze’ev neighborhood.”

The news report on the incident included footage of the incendiary attack and the subsequent stoning of the firefighters.

The video shows the arsonists setting fire to an open area with Molotov cocktails. The arsonists then scale up a security wall nearby and lay in wait for the firefighters until their arrival. When the firefighters begin to douse the flames, the arsonists begin pelting the servicemen with stones.

According to the report, incidents like this happen “almost on a daily basis in our capital city, Jerusalem.”

The report said that “often firefighters are forced to deal with these difficult attacks alone,” however there have been times when Border Police officers or regular police forces have intervened to disperse the attackers.

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  • As long as Israel maintains to remain a soft target, offering minimal responses for the attacks, it will get worse.

  • art frank

    Here’s what Israel should do. Kill the savages. Send them to their 79 virgin sheep.

  • Mireille Mechoullam

    Just when Mayor Nir Barkat will put an end on these animals!

  • Robert Davis

    Since Netanyahu is not keeping his electoral promise to start a national Policy which in this case would mean take on these arab fake “palestjnian” usurpers terrorists seriously,kill and expel them for example torazmallah first and jordan thereater, the people should should do the work with or without the pm’s agreement to force him follow suit.

  • VictorMc

    Our police and security forces are no remotely tough enough on these terrorists – shoot them in the legs – I promise they won’t do it again. Israel you have become a soft touch and the filth will take advantage for sure.

  • No more negotiating with terrorists.

    No more negotiating with people whose religious beliefs require them to wipe all of Israel off-the-map, and then kill all Jews all around the world.

    Those who commit terrorist attacks against Israel must be swiftly executed; forget about sending them to jail; send them to Hell.

  • steven L

    Border Police must shoot to kill. This is terrorism.

  • arsailman

    Shoot the bas*ards, with live bullets…..

  • Tabitha Korol

    I don’t think Israel is harsh enough to these criminals form the stone age.

  • Michael Fox

    Develop drones that fire rubber bullets. Israel must be resolute in not accepting unlawful violent behavior. Repeat offenders should be dealt with harshly and their families must also pay for the misdeeds of their children. Israel must also hold the schools and Mosques teaching hate and inciting violence accountable.
    When faced with violence, passivity has never worked and never will.

  • Yale

    Maybe an armed helicopter overhead would prove useful.

  • Gerd Kaluski

    It is disgusting to not take firm action against these vandals. Every effort should be made to identify the culprits. They should then be tried by criminal courts. If convicted the culprits should be imprisoned and eventually thrown out of Israel.

  • HaroldT

    It is overdue for Bibi to take action against these terrorists.

  • A very naïve question…
    Why not to shoot and hit a few stone throwers and may be kill a few of them. Israel is blamed any way for every thing they do or not do.

  • nelson marans

    Unfortunately because of a biased media and political correctness, Israel has refrained from meeting force with force. Arming the firefighters, at least with stun guns and having soldiers assigned to firefighting units to respond accordingly would discourage the terrorists who now act freely with impunity.

  • Marvin

    The Israeli police or IDF SHOULD RESPOND WITH LETHAL FORCE! These terror monging thugs need to be sent a message of great resolve.


    Shoot to kill. Sadly it is the only recourse.

  • Yoel Nitzarim

    This display of arson and assault on the lives of the firefighters should be dealt with the the most severe manner possible. Ramadan or not, youngsters must be made to understand that such behaviour is 100% unacceptable. If caught, they should be incarcerated for a lengthy stay. I hope that the mayor gets involved and keeps to his word that terrorism will be dealt with in an overwhelming fashion. Perhaps the firefighters should be trained in utilising riot gear! Their lives are challenged and put in jeopardy double fold: via the fires and the stones and Molotov cocktails!

  • brenrod

    Jews are idiots, victims waiting to be victimized. throwing stones is attempted murder with a deadly weapon and security should be given the order to shoot srome throwers dead on site.
    Jewish militias and counter terror units on such occassions should enter shuafat and burn down arab houses with the same cocktails. the families of those involved whould have theeir houses destroyed or burned down and the land reverting to the state for damages. its time that serious consequences were given to the pals or the Jews will continue to be fools and sitting ducks. this is all the fault of the left.

  • Over the past 68 years Israel has become a thriving nation with exemplary innovation in education, technology, high tech industry and medicine. Many nations admire Israel’s outstanding development and innovation. Israel has always been extending a helping hand to any nation that wants to learn and advance in industry, technology and medicine.
    The Arab-Palestinians saw an opportunity to get land and a country that was developed and flourished by the Jewish people. They decided that through intimidation, harassment and violence to usurp the Jewish habitants into capitulating to their scheme of an Arab-Palestinian State on Land allocated to the Jewish people . The Arab-Palestinians live on charity from the nations of the world. They are unwilling to help themselves. After the 1967 war when Israel defeated the 5 Arab armies who tried to destroy it, Israel started employing many of the Arabs in the liberated Jewish territory, educating them in agriculture and water resources. In the following years the standard of living of the Arabs jumped 5 fold and more, and their economy and housing blossomed. When the terrorist organization entered the picture and instigated the Arab population to start terror and violence against the Israelis, the economic advancement was slowed down if not halted. The dire predicament of the Arab-Palestinians is of their own making.
    If you look at Arab land it is desolate and barren, with few exceptions. At the same time, the Jewish land is blooming and developing at an accelerated tempo. The Arabs, rather than follow the example set by Israel, tried to take the Jewish land by force and lost 4 wars in a span of 25 years.
    The Arab-Palestinians current actions in the political and legal arena is a result of losing 4 wars and various battles with Israel. They not only could not win ground, but in fact have caused themselves a downward spiral toward economic desolation.
    The Arab-Palestinians have switched tactics and have now gained more ground and concessions by playing the peace game. The Arab-Palestinians obfuscation and disinformation campaign along with various pleadings in front of the U.N. and other International bodies has gained them more inroads. The power of oil and the Arab Countries, who do not want the Arab-Palestinians to return to their countries, are helping them promote the false information, and utilizing their numerical control in the U.N. to pass any resolution that they deem necessary to advance their cause.
    Money, power and greed promoted hate and anti-Semitism by the Arabs in order to force Israel into surrendering territory to the Arab-Palestinians. The Arabs are trying to initiate land piracy camouflaged as legal rights to the land of Israel.
    Jewish resistance to persecution by the Arabs and the world at large: Any level headed individual would think that after WWII and the 6 million Jews exterminated in the Holocaust (plus another 5 million of other ethnic groups) would diminish, if not eliminate anti-Semitism and baseless hatred. It seems that no matter the amount of unwarranted persecution, and no matter the sacrifices the Jewish people have endured through the ages, Anti-Semitism continues to raise its ugly head.
    The Media is guilty of escalating hostilities and violence in Israel and elsewhere. The Media has a responsibility to deliver fair and unbiased reporting. They influence the information that people rely on. It is an awesome responsibility and it must be handled with factual un-slanted reporting. Peoples lives depend on it; maybe yours or someone you love. Do we need a legal task force to discipline the Media when they intentionally distort the truth and or stage events for Media sensationalism? I would like your comments and input.
    The affects on the world at large: Has humanity lost its values and fairness? The answer is no. In order to lose something, one must first possess it and the truth is, the world has never had total control of values and fairness. In today’s world, where money and power is pursued at all costs (see Machiavelli) , the core family unit is disintegrating and family values deteriorating. Honesty, integrity and fair-play seem to be a thing of the past. Where are we as human beings of the 21st century heading? Obviously downward.
    Take some time to reflect on the truth of what is stated here. Do you really want this kind of world for your children? Senseless hate and destruction must not be tolerated. I urge you to wake up, take the bull by the horn and pursue a path of correction, or we are doomed as a civilized people.
    YJ Draiman
    P.S. How many holidays do the Arabs celebrate due to historical events in the land of ancient Israel. The Jewish people celebrate most of their holidays and fast days in memory of and the goal and aspiration to return to Israel and rebuild the Temple in Jerusalem – where it was before it was destroyed and desecrated by the enemies of the Jews. Many of the Jewish prayers for thousands of years recite the love of Israel and the Jewish aspirations to return to their ancestral land and bring back its glory and holiness.
    In a Jewish wedding, they break a glass in memory of Jerusalem and the aspiration of the Jewish people to return to Jerusalem and rebuild the Jewish Temple.
    In Israel, in order to be a realist you must believe in miracles.
    Ben Gurion
    “Nobody does Israel any service by proclaiming its ‘right to exist.’ [As a Jewish State] Israel’s right to exist, like that of the United States, Saudi Arabia and 152 other states, is axiomatic and unreserved. Israel’s legitimacy is not suspended in midair awaiting acknowledgement. . . .There is certainly no other state, big or small, young or old, that would consider mere recognition of its ‘right to exist’ a favor, or a negotiable concession.”
    Abba Eban

  • Terror
    “Let me explain to you what we – all of us -are up against. Classic warfare is fundamentally a contest of wills fought to impose so much stress on the enemy that he loses the will to fight. A war of terror has the same intent, but with a singularly insidious twist: the enemy can be anybody, anywhere. He is without uniform or identification. His targets are random. His weapon is fear. He knows no constraints. He comes in all guises, often in the dress of his victims. He seeks to shatter nerves and break morale by flaunting the impotence of the authorities to protect their people. He uses his own women and children as his shield. He seeks to goad the defender into ever-harsher counter measures so as to stoke the general hate. He goes all-out to sow despair and to brutalize the agitated hearts of the other side. And in so doing, he strives to corrupt the defender’s military professionalism and discipline through combat stress, demoralization, fatigue, boredom and overkill, the very things we’ve been talking about. Well” – this in a final arpeggio – “no enemy is going to brutalize our hearts, nor corrupt our military professionalism and discipline.

    Fighting terrorism is not unlike fighting a deadly cancer. It can not be treated just where it is visible – every diseased cell in the body must be destroyed.

    YJ Draiman

  • Israel must respond with extreme force to any violent attacks on its population, demonstration, rockets and terror. No attack must be ignored. Israel’s population must have peace and tranquility without intimidation by anyone.
    The Jewish people have suffered enough in the Diaspora for the past 2,500 years. It is time for the Jewish people to live as free people in their own land without violence and terror. The Arabs expelled over a million Jewish families from Arab countries and confiscated all their assets including land 6 times the size of Israel.
    It is time to consider that the only alternative is a population transfer of the Arab-Palestinians to the territories the Arab countries confiscated from the million Jewish families they expelled and settle this dispute once and for all. Many Arab leaders had suggested these solutions over the years.
    Muslims in Spain as occupiers who were driven out of Spain back to their lands of origin the same has to be done in Palestine-Israel.
    It is time to consider and implement population transfer.
    YJ Draiman

  • dante

    another disgusting case of arab violence and vandalism and police dereliction of duty.

    the Israeli police have a tough job and some of them are very dedicated but the police, as a whole, are lazy, incompetent, reactive, and too inclined to retreat from the enemy. a tough job? “don’t bother us.” “leave us alone.” “maybe, the Jews dressed up as Arabs and it was really the Jews who did all this.” “whatever you do, don’t call us.”

    the Israeli police and the Prisons Service – if one didn’t know better one would think that they worked for the swedes.

  • skillsaw

    Forget about dispersing the attackers. How about shooting or at least arresting them.

  • Why disperse the terrorist and not kill them?

    • Lois Feinberg

      They are trying to kill firefighters. I am against capital punishment, but keeping these terrorists in prison will make them martyrs and eligible for negotiations on some other matter. While they are stoning firefighers, they should be shot themselves.