Daily Israel Report

Soldiers Nab Teen Terrorists who Put Woman in Coma

IDF soldiers have arrested two teenage terrorists who put an Israeli woman in a coma in an August attack in Judea.
By Maayana Miskin
First Publish: 9/24/2009, 7:42 PM

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IDF soldiers arrested two teenage terrorists last month in connection with an attack that left an Israeli woman comatose. News of the arrest was released for publication on Thursday.

The two attackers, ages 16 and 17, were nabbed in a joint operation that included police, military, and the Shin Bet (General Security Services). Both are residents of Naalin, a Palestinian Authority-controlled village known for frequent riots over the construction of the Judea and Samaria separation barrier.

The two are accused of a number of attacks on roads in Judea. One such attack took place in August, when the two lobbed rocks at an Israeli driver as she passed the city of Bethlehem. The driver suffered serious head injuries, and was put into a medically induced coma for days after the incident.

Community Service for Isawiya Attacker
On Thursday, an Arab man from the village of Isawiya was sentenced to five months of community service for a rock attack on a police van. The man, Mahmoud Abid, admitted to hurling stones at the van in January.

The attack took place during a riot protesting the Israeli Cast Lead counter-terror offensive in Gaza.

The state's representative at the trial asked that Abid be sentenced to time in prison followed by parole, and that he be fined as well. Stones are a weapon for every purpose, she argued.

In addition, she declared that Abid must be given a serious punishment in order to deter similar attacks. The large number of violent attacks during Cast Lead proves the need to look to the future while sentencing rioters, she said.

Jerusalem District Court Judge Noam Saulberg agreed that rocks make dangerous weapons, and stated that as an adult, Abid had the ability and the obligation to control himself. However, Saulberg ultimately agreed to give Abid a relatively light sentence due to his lack of a criminal background and to “personal, family and economic crisis.”