Motorist in Negev lightly injured by rock thrower

Incident occurred between Nevatim and Dimona.

November 20, 2014 15:38
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Gush Etzion terror attack

The van used by Palestinian motorist in vehicular terror attack in Gush Etzion‏.. (photo credit: TAZPIT)

A woman was injured on Thursday when the car she was driving in was pelted with rocks as she was driving on Highway 25 in the Negev between Nevatim and Dimona. The woman's hand was lightly injured and she was evacuated to hospital for treatment.

For years, rock throwing  in east Jerusalem and the West Bank has been one of the largest categories of offenses including a few cases that have led to death. But recently some have observed an upswing in rock throwing incidents at Israeli motorists within the Green Line.

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A stone was thrown at a passenger bus in Migdal Ha'emek in the North at the beginning of the week, lightly wounding one woman.

Some two weeks ago, also in the Negev, a stone was thrown at a bus that was traveling to Ein Gedi on Highway 31. A passenger on the bus was lightly injured in that incident but did not require medical care. 

Dozens of Arab youth threw stones at the main road in Tur'an near Kafr Kana in northern Israel on November 9. Police arrested three suspects in the disturbance and the riot was dispersed. 

The cabinet approved an amendment to the criminal law at the beginning of the month that if passed by the Knesset, would increase the maximum penalty for people who throw rocks at vehicles to 20 years in prison.

The amendment provides for up to 10 years jail for a rock-thrower who damages a vehicle and as a consequence endangers the life of a passenger or bystander, but does so without specific intent to harm.

The proposed amendment to the law provides for up to 20 years in prison for an individual who throws a rock or other projectiles at a vehicle with specific intent to harm. 

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