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Arabs Stone Jewish Family Driving Near Tekoa

A gang of some 20 Arab youths hurled stones and bricks at a Jewish family returning to their home in Tekoa.
By Gabe Kahn
First Publish: 4/19/2012, 7:42 PM

Ami-El's Son and Smashed Windshield
Ami-El's Son and Smashed Windshield
Akiva Ami-El, with permission

A group of some 20 Arabs attacked a Jewish family as they drove to their home in Tekoa on Thursday afternoon.

Akiva Ami-El, his wife Keterya, and their two-year old son Benaiya were coming home from a shopping trip in the Gush Etzion city of Efrata when a gang of Arab students began pelting their car with stones and bricks.

"We were coming home from shopping at Rami Levi [discount supermarket chain, ed.]," Ami-El related. "We were driving past Tekua – Arab Tekoa – a little before 1PM, when school let out. The kids came out to the road like they do every day."

"I saw an Arab kid pick up a large stone on one side of the road, while kids on the other side of the road picked up bricks," Ami-El related. "And then they just started smashing us, like they do. I just kept going."

“Thankfully, we made it home okay,” Ami-El added.

Arab ambushes of passing cars driven by Jews in Judea and Samaria is a daily and potentially life threatening occurrence.

Last September, Asher Palmer and his infant son Yonatan were killed when Arabs hurled a massive stone through his windshield near Hevron. The stone smashed through the glass and struck Palmer's head, causing him to lose control of the car and go off the road.

Both father and son were later declared to be Victims of Terror by Israel's government.

Ami-El's Smashed Windshield Akiva Ami-El, with permission