What started as a protest rally of hundreds of demonstrators marching from the Jerusalem Chords Bridge to the city center soon escalated into a rampage for revenge, during which extreme rightist youths sought out Arabs, some of which had to be extracted from the angry mob by the police.
Policeman arresting far-right Jewish protester in Jerusalem (Photo: Ohad Zwigenberg)
A Ynet video shows how an Arab youth is being extracted from the crowds, and how Arab employees at a parking lot are being attacked.
The Jerusalem District Police deployed policemen along the protest march's route to prevent attacks on Arab residents. The police also decided to prevent protesters from reaching the Old City in order to prevent any attempts of lynching.
As the protest march neared the city center, protesters tried to enter the Mahane Yehuda Market, but police stopped them from doing so to foil any possible attacks against Arab workers at the market.
Clashes between Jewish and Arab youths and police (Photo: Ohad Zwigenberg)
At around 7pm, an Arab youth made his way down Jaffa Street, where the crowd of protesters started chasing him. One of the protesters managed to kick the Arab youth before a police force extracted him.
After that, protesters entered a McDonalds' restaurant, where a masked Jewish youth tried to attack an Arab employee, but was stopped by police officers.
Another violent incident documented by Ynet happened at "Kikar Hahatulot" where protesters attacked Arab workers at a parking lot. The Arab youth kept the protesters at bay with chairs after feeling threatened by them. One of the Arab workers was hit with a stone to the head. A police force that arrived at the scene arrested three Jewish youths.
Among those attacked was Mohammad, who called the police two years ago when an Arab teen was attacked. "Now I'm attacked in his stead," Mohammad said.
At the end of the violent incident, a 20-year-old wearing an anti-assimilation T-shirt, said, "Everyone here are after revenge. Tensions are rising. The people are fed up - one murder after the other. If the government doesn't do something (to stop this), we will."
Jewish protesters calling for 'revenge' (Photo: Ohad Zwigenberg)
Before making their way to the city center, protesters blocked the junction under the Chords Bridge, clashing with police and calling out "Death to Arabs," "Mohammad is Dead," "No Arabs, No Terror Attacks" and hateful slur against Arab MKs Hanin Zoabi and Ahmed Tibi.
Protesters also handed out stickers saying "The government of Israel, no more talk - we demand revenge." Some of the protesters put the stickers on passing cars and threw objects at drivers. Police declared the protest illegal and arrested dozens.