Throwing rocks in silwan 311 AP.
(photo credit: Associated Press)
Youth from Isawiya threw stones at a car carrying four students who took a wrong
turn out of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and found themselves lost in the
Arab neighborhood on Friday night.
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The students, from the Central region,
reportedly asked a teenage resident for directions to Ben-Yehuda street in
downtown Jerusalem, and the youth told them to keep driving
Within minutes, the students were surrounded by dozens of youth
throwing rocks and bricks at their car, and when they tried to flee, they found
the road had been blocked by chairs and a chainlink fence.
managed to contact the police, but by the time border policemen arrived the
students had driven through the make-shift road block and had exited the
neighborhood. Officers were able to disperse the stone-throwers, and no one was
arrested. None of the students were hurt, though the car was damaged.
Saturday night, residents of Isawiya threw rocks off a cliff at three vehicles,
including two Magen David Adom ambulances, driving along the old road between
French Hill and Ma’aleh Adumim. There were no injuries but the vehicles were
lightly damaged. No one was arrested.
Stones have been thrown in east
Jerusalem almost every day for the past six months, and dozens of Arab youth
have been arrested. On October 8, David Be’eri, the head of the rightwing Ir
David Foundation (Elad), hit (with his car) two boys who were throwing stones at
his car in the Silwan neighborhood. The next week, youths threw stones at a van
carrying Knesset members on a visit to the heavily fortified Jewish Beit
Yehonatan apartment building in Silwan.
The Knesset’s Committee for the
Rights of the Child convened a special meeting after the Be’eri incident to
examine the problem of dealing with youth younger than 12, the age of criminal
responsibility, who throw stones. Police are not able to bring children below
this age in for questioning, though the Association for Civil Rights in Israel
has documented police arresting children as young as eight.
District police spokesman Shmuel Ben-Ruby told The Jerusalem Post last month
that police are trying new strategies to deal with young kids throwing stones,
including parental intervention.
In the four months from July to October,
police documented 450 incidents of stone-throwing in east Jerusalem, about four
per day. During that same period, police arrested 76 people for throwing rocks.
Thirty were aged 12 to 18, and 46 were adults.