Tel Aviv schools cancel Jerusalem trip for fear of riots

Masked Palestinian protesters throw stones towards Israeli police during clashes in the Shuafat neighborhood in East Jerusalem. July 3, 2014. (photo credit: Sliman Khader/FLASH90)

The Tel Aviv Municipality instructed all schools under the city’s jurisdiction to cancel several scheduled field trips to Jerusalem, citing security concerns stemming from frequent riots which have been raging across the capital’s eastern neighborhoods for months.

Over the next week, seventh and eighth graders in Tel Aviv schools were set to travel to the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City for an event to mark the students’ bar mitzvahs. However, following a deadly attack carried out by a Palestinian man at a Jerusalem Light Rail station on Wednesday, the Tel Aviv Municipality’s educational board decided to postpone the event until further notice, Channel 10 reported…