Vehicles stoned near Arab-Israeli city

 
 

Day after internal security minister visits Kafr Qassem, youngsters dressed in black stone vehicles travelling along Highway 5. Rear window of family car shattered, infant girl unscathed
Raanan Ben-Zur (November 29, 2009 – Ynet)

A number of Israeli vehicles were stoned Saturday night while travelling on Highway 5 near Kafr Qassem, just a day after Internal Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch (Yisrael Beitenu) visited the Arab-Israeli city.

 

One stone shattered the rear window of a family car. “We were lucky that the baby sitting in the backseat wasn’t injured,” the infant’s grandmother told Ynet.

 

The stone-throwers fled into Kafr Qassem and were not caught.

 

At around 9 pm the Dock family was making its way from its home in Ariel to Petah Tikva. “Near Kafr Qassem we spotted a group of around 10 youngsters dressed in black who were crossing the road,” recounted Efrat Dock, the mother. “It was pretty dark. The youngsters climbed over the fence and began crossing the road as if there were no cars. My husband, who noticed them from afar, slowed down and then came to a complete stop. He even stepped out of the car to warn other drivers for fear they would run over the youngsters.”

 

According to Efrat, when her husband returned to the car and began driving, one of the youngsters picked up a rock and threw it towards the vehicle. “We heard a boom as the stone hit the rear window and shattered it,” she said. “Luckily, the rock hit the side of the car where our son was sitting, because our infant girl was sitting right beside him. I don’t want to think of what might have happened had we been driving faster. It could have ended in disaster,” Efrat told Ynet.

The mother said soldiers who were dispatched to the scene asked that that the family file a police complaint so that they would get authorization to search for the youngsters in Kafr Qassem, as the city is situated inside the Green Line.

Police said an investigation has been launched into the incident.

Most of the stone-throwing incidents near Kafr Qassem occur during periods of political tension. Four vehicles were damaged from stones during the IDF’s offensive in Gaza last winter.
“What’s happened to us that we are afraid to travel along roads in central Israel? This must be stopped,” Efrat said.
 
 
 
 

 

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