Two fake bombs found in an east Jerusalem neighborhood Sunday, adjacent to the
location where two-year-old Abigail Ben-Zion was struck in the head with a rock
last week, are being investigated by police as a possible retaliatory
Both phony bombs were found near a school in Sur Bahir, which
abuts Armon Hanatziv, where Ben-Zion lives and was attacked while traveling with
her parents and two brothers in a family car Thursday night, police
Described as crudely constructed fake devices placed in boxes with
clocks and faux wires connected to them, Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said
Monday officers were investigating if they were planted as a warning for Ben-
Rosenfeld said officers cordoned off the area immediately
after finding them, until they determined they were fakes.
looking into a number of possibilities, including if there is a connection to
last week’s assault – if it was a warning,” he said.
neurological testing Ben-Zion was released from Hadassah University Medical
Center Children’s Unit the same day the fake devices were found, four days after
While a hospital spokesperson did not comment on the
severity of her injury, the official did say the child was well enough to be
treated in her home, where she will continue to be observed by doctors for
months to come.
Ben-Zion was moderately wounded when the rock shattered
the car’s rear window, adjacent to her seat, striking the right side of her
Rendered nearly unconscious, she was transported by ambulance to
the Ein Kerem hospital in moderate condition.
Her condition quickly
improved to stable, following around-the-clock treatment by hospital staff.
Describing the assault as “nationalistically motivated,” Rosenfeld said four
teenagers between the ages of 15 and 17 from the Arab neighborhood of Sur Bahir,
near the scene of the attack, were arrested hours later.
were arraigned Friday morning at the Jerusalem Magistrate
Meanwhile, residents of Armon Hanatziv described their
neighborhood Sunday as being marred by violence and harassment perpetrated by
Arab youths from surrounding villages.
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, who
has designated the neighborhood as “up and coming for young families,” issued a
statement Sunday night that he will work with police and legislatures to
increase penalties for rock throwing and add security in the troubled
“We need to make clear to everyone that a rock is a weapon and
should be treated as such,” he said.
“It cannot be that whoever is
arrested for throwing rocks returns to throwing them. We must not accept this
and must increase the punishment for that.”