Magen David Adom paramedics 370.
(photo credit: Magen David Adom spokesman)
A two-year-old Jewish girl wounded in a rock-throwing attack remains
hospitalized, conscious and in stable condition at Hadassah University Medical
Center in Jerusalem’s Ein Kerem, a hospital representative said
Abigail Ben-Zion was moderately wounded Thursday night,
allegedly by Palestinian teenagers, when a large rock hit the vehicle she was
traveling in with her parents and two brothers in the Armon Hanatziv
It shattered the rear window adjacent to her seat, striking
the right side of the child’s head.
Following the attack Magen David Adom
paramedics treated the girl, rendered semi-conscious, at the scene and
transported her to the hospital in moderate condition.
a spokeswoman for Hadassah, said on Saturday night that Ben-Zion underwent
extensive neurological testing; however, she has not required surgery or
“She’s conscious, but sleepy,” she said. “She is being
carefully observed in the surgical unit and we’re still waiting to see if her
Goldblatt added that the hospital would not release
test results to the public at this time.
Describing the assault as
“nationalistically motivated,” police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said four
teenagers between the ages of 15 and 17 from the Arab neighborhood of Tzur
Baher, near the scene of the attack, were arrested at 2 a.m. Friday upon
returning home, following hours of undercover patrols.
The suspects were
arraigned Friday morning at the Jerusalem Magistrate Court, Rosenfeld said,
adding that there has been a pronounced spike in rock attacks in the capital
over the past few weeks.
Following the assault, Jerusalem Mayor Nir
Barkat, who visited the toddler at the hospital, condemned the violence and
called for tougher criminal sanctions against stone-throwers.
“It must be
made clear to everyone that a stone is a weapon for all intents and purposes,
and it must be viewed this way,” Barkat said.
Prime Minister Binyamin
Netanyahu had earlier condemned the attack and vowed that the suspects will be
brought to justice.
“We will protect our city,” he said as he lit candles
at the Western Wall on Thursday night. “I think that you have understood in
recent days that our security forces are focused on apprehending wrongdoers and
have been successful in doing so. They will be successful here as
Jerusalem Post staff contributed to this report.