Even as the funeral procession for Rabbi Michael Mark, terror victim, wound toward Jerusalem, locals would not leave them in peace: Arabs threw a stone from a passing car, striking one of the buses of mourners. Although no one was injured, it is clear that, at least among some, hatred is still rampant.
The attack on those escorting Rabbi Mark's body is the latest in a recent rash of violence, as Ramadan comes to a close. Last Wednesday, an Arab teenager infiltrated the town of Kiryat Arba and stabbed a 13 year-old girl, Hallel-Yaffa Ariel. A security guard was also injured when he grappled with the terrorist, and was stabbed in the face. Although he will recover, doctors were unable to save his eye.
Similar attacks have taken place on the Temple Mount, with Arabs throwing rocks and shooting fireworks at visitors and police alike. When police closed the Mount to non-worshippers, several Muslim youths further upped the ante by throwing stones down into the Western Wall Plaza, injuring a woman in her 70s.
Other thwarted attacks these past weeks include an attempted car ramming, and an attempted stabbing of IDF soldiers. The car attack left two lightly injured; both terrorists were neutralized.
These alarming events have led to a rise in protests accross the nation. Demonstrators gathered at the entrance to Kiryat Arba and on the road to Shechem (Nablus) on Saturday night, bearing signs with the slogan: "A girl was slaughtered in her bed, a father was murdered in front of his children – we will not remain indifferent!"
In response, the Security Cabinet convened, and passed strict measures to halt Arab incitement, including exacting tolls from PA tax monies, and a supposed lock-down of Bani Naim village.
Many claim, though, that these efforts aren't enough.
The Head of Har Hevron Municipality, in his eulogy to Rabbi Michael Mark, declared that "we are tired of being victims, tired of words that support terror…The time has come to deport and expel all supporters of terror," he announced in a call for change.