Three Israelis Hurt After Arabs Throw Stones at Bus, as Protests Against Trump’s Jerusalem Decision Spill Into Israel


Protests against U.S President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital spilled over Saturday into Israel, following three days of violence between Israeli soldiers and Palestinians in the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem.

In the early evening on Saturday, medics reported that a bus traveling to Tel Aviv was hit with rocks as it passed through Wadi Ara, a valley of mostly Arab communities in northern Israel. At least three Jewish Israelis were lightly hurt in the incident and the bus’s windshield was destroyed.

Broken windows from a bus hit with rocks in Wada Ara, December 9, 2017

Around 200 protesters at the Arara Junction in Wadi Ara blocked the road, and threw stones at passing vehicles, including at a photojournalist’s motorcycle. A bus driver sustained light injuries from broken glass.

Police arrested two youth and an adult from Arara who are suspected of taking part in throwing rocks.

Meanwhile, additional protests were reported throughout Israel, including in Majdal Shams, along the border with Syria in the north, in the Bedouin city of Rahat in southern Israel, in Taibhe, Kfar Kara, and the German Colony in Haifa. Members of Knesset from the Joint Arab List participated in some of these protests.

A Palestinian protester in the city center of the West Bank town of Hebron on December 8, 2017 credit: Hazem Bader / AFP

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