Several dozen Israelis living in Samaria (Shomron) found themselves drawn Thursday night to the place where a mother and three of her young daughters were seriously injured in a rock attack. The scene of the attack ended up being the site of an unplanned protest and prayer rally.
The protesters, most residents of the nearby towns of Yakir and Revava, called on the army and security services to crack down on rock attacks.
They also held an impromptu prayer rally for two-year-old Adelle Biton, who was critically wounded in the attack. “Let this be an hour of mercy,” they pleaded.
Doctors are still fighting for young Adelle’s life. Two of her older sisters, 6-year-old Naama and 4-year-old Avigail, were hurt in the attack as well and are in moderate condition. A fourth sister was not in the car at the time of the attack.
Attacks on Israeli drivers in Judea and Samaria have been on the rise in 2013. Attacks in which groups of Palestinian Authority resident men hurl large stones and concrete blocks at passing vehicles are reported dozens of times per month.
PA gangs often throw firebombs as well. Most reported firebomb attacks target drivers in Judea and Samaria, although at least one such attack in recent months took place in a mixed Arab-Jewish city in Israel.