Daily Israel Report

Drivers Angry: Arabs Attacked, Soldiers Did Nothing

Soldiers accused again of failing to stop Arabs from stoning motorists. ‘It’s a miracle nobody was hurt.’
By Maayana Miskin
First Publish: 12/25/2012, 10:00 PM

Arab rock throwers / archive
Arab rock throwers / archive
Israel news photo: Flash 90

Soldiers recently stood by and watched as Arabs attacked Jewish motorists in the Hevron region, a resident has reported.

Nehama Fishelvitch of Kiryat ARba was driving from her workplace in Tekoa toward her home on Monday when suddenly she encountered an Arab mob. Dozens of men hurled heavy stoned at her car, causing serious damage.

Nehama and her two female passengers managed to escape the ambush. Then, she told Arutz Sheva, “I saw two soldiers who saw what had happened but did nothing.”

“I opened the window, and they told me there was nothing they could do,” she recalled.

Several other drivers were attacked as well, and their cars damaged, she said. It was a miracle that nobody was hurt, she added.

“When we got to the police station to file a complaint we saw all of the cars and also a bus that had been damaged. Unfortunately, the soldiers did nothing,” she said. “They could have at least blocked the road, or fired in the air, but no, nothing.”

The situation must change, she declared. “We have to give the army the tools to deal with situations like these. I drive there every day, we have to prevent similar cases in the future.”

Additional sources told Arutz Sheva that, following the attacks Fischelvitz reported, additional troops were sent to the scene to disperse the attackers.

Military sources said that the IDF takes attacks on motorists seriously and has the tools to deal with them.

A similar incident occurred one month ago, when Arabs attacked motorists north of Jerusalem and police did nothing.