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Rock Attacks ‘Not a Right-Wing Problem’

Hebrew U. student and his girlfriend attacked with stones in Jerusalem.
By Maayana Miskin
First Publish: 10/27/2013, 2:33 PM

Rock thrown at vehicles
Rock thrown at vehicles
Ayelet Shleisel

An Israeli student and his girlfriend were attacked by an Arab gang wielding stones as they drove near Jerusalem’s Hebrew University on Saturday.

Yair Nativ, who was driving, wrote about the attack on his Facebook page. “We saw that they had put some big blocks [in the road] to slow us down – just like in Shechem or Hevron,” he recalled.

“We saw the ‘youths’ waiting there with stones. They threw a few, and one hit us,” he continued.

Police arrived at the scene quickly, he wrote. “But the youths didn’t run away from them, and even tried to throw rocks at them.”

“This is in the state of Israel, in the capital of Israel, near the Hebrew University. You won’t read or hear about this anywhere,” he continued.

“I asked the police officers who came how many times this happened per week. Dozens of times, nobody (except those who threw rocks or live in the area) really knew. It’s an area with no real rule of law – each man does what is right in his eyes,” he warned.

Nativ expressed upset at the lack of coverage in mainstream news sources.

“When I searched for ‘rock throwing Jerusalem’ in Google [in Hebrew – ed.], I found something only on a site called, ‘Hakol Hayehudi’ [Jewish Voice], as if this were a problem solely for sites affiliated with the right,” he reported.

“This is a national problem,” he declared. “The difference between a rock that only hits the car and a rock that hits a passenger is not very big. The difference between a rock and a firebomb, which of courses causes more serious results, is also not so big.”

“But you will not read about this anywhere,” he concluded.

Nativ added a final note on the attack. There was one thing that scared the attackers, he wrote, “Lior’s camera. She had the wherewithal to quickly start filming” as they came under attack.