In the wake of the violent Arab rioting that has plagued Jerusalem over the past several days, the Im Tirzu organization has been handing out Israeli flags right out outside the Old City of Jerusalem. Thousands of people have so far received flags from the activists who are handing them out near the Yafo Gate.
On Sunday, Arabs began rioting and attacking Jewish visitors and police officers at the Temple Mount. The attacks continued throughout the Rosh Hashanah holiday, and expanded to other parts of the city.
As part of the terror wave, Alexander Levlovich (64) was murdered on the eve of Rosh Hashanah this Sunday in an attack by Arab terrorists, after a rock hurled through his car's window made him lose control of the vehicle and crash.
Im Tirzu decided in the wake of the murder of Levlovich to give out the flags, said organization chairman Matan Peleg.
"We came here today in order to paint the Old City in blue and white, and to show the terrorists that the People of Israel’s spirit will not break as a result of these terrorist attacks and the recurring and repeating waves of violence. Jerusalem is the eternal capital of the People of Israel, and have absolutely no intentions of giving up on it.”
Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem Dov Kalmanovich also took part in the event, and was quoted as saying: “I call for a return of Israeli sovereignty and control over all parts of Jerusalem, including East Jerusalem. The fragile security situation which exists in Jerusalem cannot continue."
"By giving out Israeli flags, a symbol of the Israeli sovereignty, we are raising the flag of complete Israeli sovereignty over all of Jerusalem. Not for nothing did the paratroopers fly the flag of Israel at the Western Wall and over the Temple Mount, not for nothing did the IDF's Motta Gur make his famous and immortal radio call 'the Temple Mount is in our hands' when the Israeli Army liberated the Old City of Jerusalem in the 1967 Six Day War. Now is the time to implement that call and return the quiet and security to Israel’s capital.”
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu calling an emergency meeting of the cabinet at the end of the holiday on Tuesday night to discuss plans to stem the unrest. Netanyahu said that he would draw up “new standards” or punishment for rock throwers.
“We will fight through all means necessary against rock throwers, firebomb and pipe bomb throwers, and those who shoot fireworks to harm citizens and police officers," said Netanyahu. "On the eve of the holiday it was again proven that rock throwing can kill. These activities will meet a very strong response of punishment and prevention. We will lead a systematic change and set a new standard of deterrence and prevention.”