Knesset C'tee Debates: Why Arab Children Throw Rocks

After Arab lynch attempts in Jerusalem's Shiloach area, Child Welfare Committee debates “Involvement of Children in Rock-Throwing.”

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Hillel Fendel, | updated: 13:58

Rock attack in Shiloach (archive)
Rock attack in Shiloach (archive)
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Following several Arab lynch attempts in the Shiloach-City of David areas of Jerusalem, the Knesset’s Child Welfare Committee held a session entitled, “The Involvement of Children in Rock-Throwing in Shiloach.” MKs Ben-Ari and Ahmed Tibi argued furiously.

MK Ben-Ari (National Union) said that anyone, including children, who throws rocks and endangers Jewish lives should know that he can be shot. Arab MK Tibi said Ben-Ari and the “entire committee” should see a psychiatrist.

The session was called by Committee Chairman MK Danny Danon of the Likud.

MK Taleb a-Sana (Raam-Taal) confronted MK Ben-Ari and called him a fascist. Ben Ari replied: “you are a terrorist who came here to provoke and you use children as killers.” Danon had a-Sana removed when he refused to behave properly. Three days ago, David Be’eri, founder of the Jewish community in Ir David-Shiloach, entered into a rock-throwing ambush; in his haste to escape, he hit two rock-throwing children with his car. It also appears from video of the event that he had swerved to avoid hitting a third, smaller child. The event was filmed by cameramen who “happened” to be on the scene.

“You’re all crazy,” Tibi railed. “This session is because of a boy who was hurled into the air by a car, not because he threw rocks!”

Representatives of the Ministries of Public Security, Welfare and Housing took part in the session, as did social service workers, Jerusalem Municipality officials, members of Yeshivat Ateret Cohanim and the Council for Children’s Welfare, and others.

A Jewish air-conditioning repairman was attacked in the same area by an Arab mob last week, and was rescued only after he took refuge in the home in which he was working and was spirited out with the help of neighbors. He said the police refused to enter the neighborhood when he called them.

Jewish residents of the area wrote a letter on Sunday to the Minister of Public Security and the Police Commissioner, demanding that Jerusalem Police Chief be fired as a result of the recent attacks.

Just last night, an Israeli guard was lightly wounded in his head by rocks in Shiloach. He was taken to Hadassah Hospital for medical treatment.

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“This is not the first time that the Arab population in Silwan (Shiloach) uses children dangerously and cynically by sending them to clash with Jewish passersby,” MK Danon said. “Their parents must be summoned for immediate investigation. We must do whatever is necessary to stop this phenomenon of children throwing rocks.”