As Operation Pillar of Defense continues with mounting losses for Gaza Arab terrorists, Arabs in Judea and Samaria have begun to show their solidarity with their fellow Arabs – by rioting and throwing stones and other objects at Israeli cars driving on the roads. A large number of Israeli drivers have reported being targeted in the past several days.
Among the victims of stone throwing attacks in recent days was Moti Hominer, a resident of Ateret in the Binyamin region, whose vehicle was attacked by a mob of stone-throwing Arabs as he returned from Petach Tikvah last Friday. Speaking to Arutz Sheva, Hominer said that he saw a number of Arab youths sitting on a hill by the side of the road, and he realized he was going to be attacked. There was damage to the vehicle as the youths lobbed large stones aimed at the driver's side window, but he was uninjured.
When asked what he did when he realized that he was going to be attacked, Hominer said he prepared himself psychologically to barrel through the rock barrage, but that what he did was not necessarily what everyone could or should do in that situation. “How a driver reacts is really dictated by the facts on the ground,” he said. In discussions with experts afterwards, Hominer said that he realized he might have been better off stopping the car and making a U-turn, but that he decided at the last moment to try and outrun the attack. “Unfortunately these youths are very experienced, and they know exactly how to match the force and aim of the rock to the car's speed,” he said, with the subsequent damage to his vehicle.
On Monday, Israel Radio reported numerous incidents of rock throwing on roads in Judea and Samaria. A number of vehicles were damaged, but no injuries were reported.