Daily Israel Report

Op-Ed: Rocks Are Lethal Weapons

An object lesson in court doubletalk while trying those who murdered a young father and son by bashing in their windshield.
Published: Friday, December 21, 2012 9:31 AM


Recently, I was present at another continuation of the trials in Opher Military court of the terrorist gang, who over a year ago murdered Asher and Yonatan Palmer Hy"d (may G-d avenge their blood, said for victims of anti-Semitism)  on Highway 60, the Hevron-Jerusalem Highway.

Today was supposed to be the summary of the defense of Ali, one of the terrorists who was in the vehicle during the time of the terror attack that resulted in the murder, when a huge boulder was heaved from a moving car towards the car that Asher, a young father and his infant son,Yonatan – not yet a year old - were in, causing Asher to lose control of the vehicle. Both were killed as a result.

During the entire trial, the defense attorney repeatedly tried to persuade the military court and the prosecution that there had been previous cases of Arabs throwing rocks, that it was not attempted murder but manslaughter and that rocks are not lethal weapons

Ali's lawyer continued to try and persuade the court that there was no reason to accuse Ali of "attempted murder" because of the previous cases that he mentioned.

There we were;  Adv. Adrian Agassi, who represents the Palmer family, and a group of friends and family who have been sitting for over a year with the Palmer's through the entire endless nightmare of the trials of the terror gang who practiced heaving huge rocks from moving vehicles towards cars of "settlers" (as the terrorists themselves testified).

As usual, we sat hugging the photographs of Asher and little Yonatan z"l during these court trials, and finding it impossible to believe the defense lawyers requests to the military court.

We left there and parted until the shortly to be held continuation of the trials. Melody and Yosef, supportive friends of the family,  drove towards their home in Kiryat Arba, and at Bet Umar on Highway 60, the Jerusalem-Hevron Highway, Arabs attacked their car with rocks and bashed in the front window.

When I received the phone call from Melody, and as I reported the attack to the security and medical rescue forces, I was in shock. We had just heard the defense of a terrorist who murdered two innocent people just because they were Jews, as he tried to convince the Military Court that attacks with rocks are not attempted murder, and here again is an incident of attempted murder of Jews by Arabs.

B"H Melody was only injured in her hand, but the vehicle that was given to them by Molly, the mother of Asher and grandmother of Yonatan z"l, had the entire front windshield bashed in.

It is impossible to even begin to attempt to describe such a situation where one is returning from a trial of terrorists who attacked a car with rocks in order to murder innocent people merely because they were Jewish, and then your car is attacked and the windshield bashed in.

The Israeli Courts must finally recognize that Rocks Are Lethal Weapons and are being used to try to murder Jews. And sometimes they succeed.