Jewish Families Attacked by Arab Mob in Shiloach

A group of Jewish families attempting to tour their new homes in the Shiloach (Silwan) neighborhood of Jerusalem on Monday night were attacked by an Arab mob as they did so. 

The group that visited on Monday was sponsored by Ateret Cohanim, the Old City yeshiva and institution that has made it a priority to redeem Jewish property held by Arabs.

Ateret Cohanim's Executive Director, Daniel Luria, spoke to Arutz Sheva on Tuesday and recounted two separate attacks that occurred as the Jewish families came to tour homes in the Beit Leah complex of the "Yemenite Hekdesh" buildings. 

The first attack occurred at around 8:30 p.m. when Arab terrorists threw an explosive at a Jewish vehicle, which was luckily empty. 

Another attack at around 10:00 p.m. saw Arabs throwing an explosive at a car transporting two families into the area. The explosive was so powerful it burst apart the steel mesh grid on top of the bulletproof front window of the vehicle. 

Window of attacked vehicle Ateret Cohanim

According to Luria, police are investigating the incidents but have not yet arrested any suspects. They say the explosives used were stronger than regular firebombs. 

The incident comes several days after another group of Jewish families reclaimed homes in Shiloach last Thursday. 

Jewish Home in Shiloach Ateret Cohanim

Those homes belong to the Beit Rachel complex, also part of the “Yemenite Hekdesh” community buildings owned by the old Yemenite community of Jerusalem.

At its peak 144-150 Yemenite Jewish families were living in the thriving and successful Yemenite Village on the slopes of Mount Zion overlooking the City of David, the Shiloach springs, the Temple Mount and the Old City.

The six Beit Rachel apartments, first constructed in 1882 when the neighborhood was exclusively Jewish, were purchased from the Arab families who had taken over the property after the War of Liberation, when the area was then occupied by Jordan. 

Yemenite Village Ateret Cohanim

Despite the families' purchase of as well as historic, and legal right to the houses, local Arabs continue to incite and riot against the Jewish families currently living or moving into Shiloach. 

Luria described the violence in the area as "unparalleled to the whole of Israel" with a never-ending slew of physical attacks against Jews occurring in the neighborhood daily.

Calling the amount of violence "unacceptable," Luria urged government leaders to stop the constant terror "taking place just one minute away from the Kotel."


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