“A private car which arrived from the direction of the French Hill junction hit a number of pedestrians who were on the pavement and injured nine of them,” police spokeswoman Luba Samri said in a statement.
Less than a day after a terrorist attack on a light rail station in Jerusalem in which a three-month-old baby was killed, tensions flared in the capital.
Early Thursday morning, a Jewish kindergarten in East Jerusalem was pelted with rocks. No casualties were reported in the incident, which took place in the Ma’ale Hazeitim neighborhood on the Mount of Olives, near Ras el-Amud.
Hours after Wednesday’s attack, which saw a Hamas supporter from East Jerusalem ram his car into a busy station, attacks on the light rail continued, with Arab residents of the city hurling rocks and damaging two train cars in Shuafat.
Police and border police deployed to the East Jerusalem village of Issawiya, near the Hebrew University campus on Mount Scopus, were also hit with rocks overnight Wednesday and throughout Thursday morning.
Jerusalem police vowed Thursday to crack down on any violence as they fanned out across the city.
“Jerusalem police emphasizes that it will demonstrate zero tolerance toward any incident of violence and will put its hand on anyone who disturbs public order in the city and prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law,” police spokeswoman Luba Samri said in a statement.
The horror of a terror attack that killed a 3-month-old girl at the Jerusalem light rail Wednesday evening gives way to general disgust in the Hebrew press Thursday morning, as newspapers wrestle with the tragedy and its aftermath.
“Just 3 months old,” reads the main headline of Israel Hayom, on top of what appears to be an exclusive picture of the baby being carried to an ambulance, while Yedioth Ahronoth’s outrage is expressed in its A1 header: “Terror against a baby.”
While the news coverage focuses on the terror attacks, most commentators take a step back to examine the larger picture of rising violence in Jerusalem, declaring unequivocally that a new intifada is upon Jerusalem.