Former MK Dr. Michael Ben-Ari reported video evidence on Facebook Wednesday attesting to the firebombs routinely hurled by Arab terrorists at the Jerusalem home of Rabbi Dov Lior, former chief rabbi of Hevron and Kiryat Arba.
Video uploaded by the ex-MK shows remains of a firebomb at the very doorstep of the rabbi's home, located in the Beit Orot neighborhood to the east of the Old City and to the north of the Mount of Olives.
Ben-Ari noted in the video that the Israel Security Agency (ISA or Shin Bet) didn't even bother to come and investigate the attack that easily could have caused a fire, and sarcastically added, "even (leftist Meretz chairperson) Zehava Galon didn't come to see the firebombs that are thrown at this garden and this home every single day – every single day! Abandonment in Jerusalem."
The video, in which Ben-Ari can be heard speaking, can be seen by clicking the image below.
"Again and again firebombs on the home of Rabbi Lior in Jerusalem. Zero effective action from the police," wrote Ben-Ari in a message with the video. "We are considering what is right to do in order to defend the rabbi and his home. And to cause the enemy to understand it isn't worth it for them to harm Jews."
Ben-Ari led the Otzma Yehudit party that just missed entering the Knesset in the last elections; Rabbi Lior previously was on the rabbinical counsel of the Tekuma faction that merged with Jewish Home, but switched over to Otzma Yehudit in the elections, citing ideological differences. He also supported the party in the previous, 2012 elections, when it ran as Otzma Leyisrael.
Baruch Marzel, the Otzma Yehudit candidate who ran in the joint list with Yachad – Ha'am Itanu, said in May the movement is considering launching private patrols to defend Rabbi Lior's home, after it was targeted in rock attacks.
Regarding private patrols, Jerusalem Councilman Arieh King – who incidentally ran with Otzma Leyisrael in 2012 when it likewise barely missed getting into the Knesset – announced last month he is starting private neighborhood patrols after his home in Jerusalem's Mount of Olives was attacked by terrorists for the 52nd time.
Rabbi Lior bought his home in Beit Orot in 2012, and moved there several months ago after announcing last October he was retiring to Jerusalem after 37 years as chief rabbi of Kiryat Arba and Hevron.
He has been a key leader in the religious Zionist community; in 2008 he issued a Halakhic (Jewish legal) ruling forbidding renting a house to Arabs in Israel or employing Arab workers, citing the Arabs' status of enmity and their occupation of the land of Israel according to Jewish law.