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bIn Yediot Aharonot (April 11, 1980) Kollek replied to the question bof whether tension had grown in Jerusalem recently by saying: b“There is no greater tension, and one of our outstanding achieve- bments is that, practically, there is no outstanding tension.” The bvery next page carried a story headlined: “Residents of Jewish bQuarter: Attacks on Us in the Old City Have Increased.” The bstory discussed attacks on a group of yeshiva students near the bArab school Umriya; the stoning of a five-year-old Jewish girl; bthe near trampling of a father and three sons by an Arab on a bhorse. In the words of Tziporah Levin, a resident of the Old City bJewish quarter: “To our sorrow, this has become the norm.” bWhy do they not complain to the police at the Kishla Old City bpolice station? Yet another lesson: “In the Kishla sit mostly bArab police who are not prepared even to listen to complaints of bJews attacked by Arabs.”

bYet another incomprehensible bit of Israeli policy: the crea- btion of Arab police in the dangerous Old City, Arab police bwhose most natural basic instincts are Arabic. They are sup- bposed to ensure that Arabs will not harm Jews. The case of a btwenty-one-year-old American immigrant who was on leave bfrom the army in Jerusalem tells one of many such stories. Walk- bing back from the Western Wall, he was attacked by an Arab bwho was joined by ten others. Breaking away, he found an army bpatrol, and they in turn called the police. Two Arab policemen bcame—and shook hands with the Arab attackers. By the time all bhad arrived at the Kishla police station, the Arabs had arrested bthe soldier on a countercomplaint. Other Jews have told of beat- bings by Arab policemen within the station.

bIn June 1976 several cases of Jews being slashed were re- bported. Writer (and today Knesset member) Moshe Shamir bwrote in Maariv (June 11, 1976): “We have read about small bincidents of violence, about a stabbing. We have not read about bthe daily actions of hoodlums, of breaking into Jewish yards, bpetty thefts, vandalism. . . . Israeli weakness yields Arab bold- bness.”

bArab attacks injure people, damage property, cost millions, band instill fear and tension in Jewish lives in the reborn Jewish bstate.

bThe chairman of the Jerusalem municipality’s Committee bon Security, Shmuel Pressburger, angrily resigned in May 1980. b 

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