Some 150 Jews took part in a defiant prayer rally in the heart of the Muslim Quarter in Jerusalem's Old City on Thursday. The poignant event was organized in protest of ongoing Arab violence in the capital, and particularly the brutal beating of a Jewish yeshiva student during Rosh Hashanah.
That attack took place amid a rising spike in attacks on Jews in the Old City and Temple Mount over the holiday, as well as a lethal rock attack in the capital. The rally, featuring the selihot prayers said during the Days of Awe between the Jewish New Year and Yom Kippur, took place at the site where the yeshiva student was attacked.
Taking part in the prayer rally was Jerusalem Councilman Arieh King, who told Arutz Sheva that it is government apathy that has led to the assaults against Jews in the Old City.
"It's a disgrace that Jews feel insecure on the main street of the Old City," said King. "The blame is placed entirely on the leftist government of (Binyamin) Netanyahu joined with Jewish Home, who didn't know, and still don't know, how to take care of this important city."
"The Jewish Home is a partner to a government in which, in the middle of the day, a Jew can't go around securely on the main streets of the city. Therefore, I call on Jewish Home to quit the government until security is returned."
Outlining his own plan as to how to return the security to Jerusalem, King said the solution "is very simple. I want to see an officer on every corner of the street or alley. Like (Mayor Rudolph) Giuliani did in New York, that's what we have to do here."
Illustrating this point, on Tuesday night after Netanyahu promised increased deterrence against Arab terror King toured the "terror dens" of eastern Jerusalem and found a complete absence of police presence.
He concluded on Thursday by calling on Jews to arrive en masse to the Old City and eastern Jerusalem so as to affirm Israeli sovereignty over the 3,000-year-old capital of the Jewish people, stating, "if you will all be there, the police will come after you, and we will merit (the city)."
King's statements, in Hebrew, can be seen below.