Police Prepared For Increased Attacks In East Jerusalem

Amid a disquieting report that violence against Jews living in primarily Arab east Jerusalem neighborhoods nearly doubled last month compared to the same period last year, police have blanketed at-risk areas with hundreds of officers and an elite special patrol unit. According to the report, released by police and the Housing Ministry on Monday, over 360 assaults against Jews were reported in July alone. The surge in violence is largely due to the brutal revenge slaying of 16-year old Shuafat resident Muhammad Abu Khdeir and Operation Protective Edge in Gaza, which have conflated to spur ongoing rioting in numerous Arab communities where Jews reside, police said.

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