Police to pay closer attention to Arab workers in Jerusalem
Photo: Avi Mualem
Jerusalem District Commander Aharon Franco ordered police Tuesday evening to more closely scrutinize Arab workers who are residents of east Jerusalem, in the wake of the latest bulldozer terror attack in the capital.
Following assessments by police officials, senior officers decided to undertake strict checks and patrols at construction sites in the capital. Police source say that the attention given to construction sites has been boosted following the first bulldozer attack, and now they also plan to be in touch with site managers regarding any unusual incidents or employees with a criminal record.
The police will also continue their activity at east Jerusalem villages in an effort to prevent clashes between Arab residents and far right activists. In the coming ways, the Jerusalem police force will be reinforced with additional Border Guard troops that will help in maintaining law and order in the city.
Meanwhile, Shin Bet sources told Ynet that what they characterized as "popular attacks" such as the hurling of Molotov cocktails and stabbing attacks are on the rise.
"There is a link between events in Gaza and the pictures coming out of the Strip and such popular attacks," one Shin Bet official said. Security officials added that these attacks are not a result of organized terror activity, but rather, come at the initiative of Palestinian individuals.