Jerusalem launches security program in wake of Palestinian terror attacks

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Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat. Credit: Chatham House.

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat. Credit: Chatham House.

(JNS.org) In the wake of a recent string of Palestinian terror attacks, the Jerusalem municipality on Sunday sent 80 new patrol vehicles manned by security guards to the city’s Safra Square for a day of security training from Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat and other officials.

The training was part of Barkat’s program—launched Sunday in collaboration with the Israel Police—to strengthen civilian and personal security in Jerusalem and in its educational institutions. Israeli Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz, meanwhile, is considering reintroducing the presence of security officers on Jerusalem’s public buses and trains and at stops for both.

While Barkat, Israeli Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch, Finance Minister Yair Lapid, and Israel Police Commissioner Yohanan Danino toured Jerusalem on Sunday, a riot broke out in the Arab neighborhood of Isawiya, with masked young men throwing stones at Israeli Border Police officers. Four officers were lightly injured, Israel Hayom reported.

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