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'I Hoped Adelle Would Be the Last' Injured Infant

Mother of baby injured in rock throwing says similar attack Thursday brought her back to incident. Police arrest 4 Arab suspects.
By Ari Yashar, Arutz Sheva Staff
First Publish: 11/29/2013, 9:12 AM

The attack in Armon Hanatziv, Jerusalem
The attack in Armon Hanatziv, Jerusalem
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Adva Bitton, mother of the infant Adelle who was nearly killed in March by a rock thrown at the family's car near Ariel in Shomron, said the similar rock attack in Jerusalem Thursday night brought her right back to the day of the attack.

The attack Thursday occurred in the Armon Hanatziv neighborhood, and left two year old baby Avigail Ben-Tzion seriously injured after a rock struck her head. Avigail was rushed to Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital. After a few hours her condition stabilized and she does not appear to be in life-threatening danger.

Thursday night police arrested 4 Arab suspects aged 15-20 on suspicion of throwing the rocks. The suspects were brought to court Friday morning to extend their arrest.

Adva told Yisrael Hayom she heard about the attack on her car radio.

"I really hoped that we would be the last case but unfortunately it hasn't stopped and another family is forced to suffer such a horrible incident. I know just how much their lives are changing 180 degrees after something like that happens," Adva said.

Adelle has been progressing in her recovery. Last month her mother spoke to students about the power of prayer and how it has helped her daughter, who initially was given 24 hours to live by doctors.

Two-year-old Avigail's grandfather said the rock fractured her skull Thursday, adding that "countless times they talk about rock throwing but they only start to do something after someone is injured." He noted that his granddaughter was being brought back from the park to light Hanukkah candles when the attack happened.

On Thursday night, during the Hanukkah candle lighting ceremony at the Kotel (Western Wall), Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu vowed to find the criminals responsible for the attack earlier in the night.

Netanyahu emphasized "we will find these criminals and we will bring them to justice. We will safeguard our city."

Meanwhile, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat said at the event that the punishment for rock-throwing needs to be increased, since a rock "is a weapon like any other."