The reaction to Donald Trump’s announcement that the U.S. recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and plans to move the Embassy has not generated nearly the heat and fury as predicted.

There have been protests and rock throwing, but the numbers of people involved have been surprisingly small in Jerusalem and the West Bank. The most serious incidence was the stabbing of a bus terminal security guard by a Palestinian.

Though the riots have not been as bad as expected, we have seen once again the use of ambulances for terror purposes.

During the 2014 Gaza conflict, the use by Hamas of hospitals and ambulances for military purposes was well documented.


Ambulances also have been used as cover for rock throwers, as this 2011 video shows:

Once again, in protesting Trump’s decision, Palestinians demonstrated an abuse of ambulances. The Times of Israel reports, IDF accuses Palestinians of using ambulance as shield for rock throwing:

The Israel Defense Forces accused Palestinian protesters of using an ambulance as a human shield during a violent demonstration in Ramallah on Saturday.

According to the military, the Palestinian rioters hid behind the ambulance as they believed it would prevent the soldiers from retaliating.

“The rioters knew that security forces in the field would not employ riot dispersal tactics against an ambulance, and they used it to harm the forces while shielding themselves,” the army said in a statement.

Photographs released by the military showed Palestinians on at least two occasions throwing rocks while standing behind an ambulance. The Times of Israel could not independently verify where and when the pictures were taken.

[Palestinian rock thrower uses an ambulance as a shield in Ramallah on December 9, 2017. (Israel Defense Forces)]

In a different location, a Palestinian Red Crescent vehicle was used to transport rioters, as this video released by Israel’s Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories (COGUT) shows:

Here’s the key part, a little larger:

Here are screen grabs showing them exiting then heading off to the riot:


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