Another incident of rock terror in Jerusalem
Updated: Apr 5
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Thursday, November 11, 2021, 15:05 On Tuesday, November 9, Arab youths threw rocks at several cars in the A Tor neighborhood of Jerusalem, shattering windows and causing injuries. Some of the injured were evacuated to the Hadassah Mt. Scopus Hospital. Honenu Attorney Chayim Bleicher, who is representing one of the drivers, sent a letter to the police demanding that the assailants be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
Simha, a Beit Shemesh resident, and his family were injured in the rock-throwing attack. He described how the incident unfolded: “I was driving to the Western Wall with my wife and 10-month-old daughter. Waze took me through the A Tor neighborhood. In the center [of the neighborhood] traffic backed up next to a school. Suddenly, I saw that a youth had identified me as a Jew and a few boys came out towards the street, blocked me, and then started to throw rocks.
“Some of them tried to open the doors. A large brick suddenly hit the front windshield, which completely shattered. There was glass everywhere. The rest of the bricks destroyed most of the car body. Fortunately my wife and the baby were sitting in the back. I immediately called the police and continued driving. The police saw me on the security cameras and directed me out of there. At the exit [of the neighborhood] a police car was waiting for us, and the policemen photographed the damage and took details.”
After Simha filed a complaint at the Shalem Police Station, he was told that a number of other cars had been barraged after theirs was, and that the police knew the identity of the assailants. While Simha was at the police station, his wife started to feel unwell and was evacuated to the Hadassah Mt. Scopus Hospital for medical treatment.
Honenu Attorney Chayim Bleicher, who is representing Simha as a victim of terror, sent a letter to the police demanding that the assailants be prosecuted to the full extent of the law and describing the incident as one of countless incidents that have occurred on the same street, about which Honenu has warned.
Bleicher noted that “despite the response [from the police] that what is happening on the street will be taken care of and that security will be increased, it appears that whatever has been done is insufficient to eradicate the dangerous phenomenon, and terror continues to claim victims. A central street in the sovereign capital city of the State of Israel, on which people travel to the Western Wall and to the Mount of Olives, must not constitute a serious and immediate danger to every Jew who drives on it. In particular, steps must be taken to completely eradicate the behavior from the school, which is known as a center of terror.”
Bleicher added a demand that evidence from the security cameras be gathered and that all of the terrorists who participated in the attack be apprehended and stand trial for attempted murder and throwing rocks at vehicles with the intent to injure passengers.