Daily Israel Report

Infant Wounded in Jerusalem Rock Attack

Infant left with light injuries by stones thrown at bus in Givat Ze'ev neighborhood, police searching for perpetrators.
By Ari Yashar
First Publish: 5/2/2014, 12:54 PM

Rock throwing in Jerusalem (file)
Rock throwing in Jerusalem (file)
Flash 90

An infant was left with light injuries after stones were thrown at the bus he was riding in on Thursday night.

The perpetrators of the rock throwing attack have yet to be located, but the incident occurred near Jerusalem's Givat Ze'ev neighborhood, which is located in the north of the city and surrounded by Arab neighborhoods.

IDF and police forces who were called to the scene began a search after the rock throwers.

United Hatzalah paramedics gave the infant treatment, later evacuating him to Jerusalem's Hadassah Mt. Scopus Hospital.

Givat Ze'ev's United Hatzalah team leader Aharon Papman said "I arrived on the scene within a minute of receiving the call, and there I came across dozens of shocked passengers following the rock throwing."

Papman noted that the "infant took the blow and was cut on his face by glass shards from the shattered window. After initial treatment that we administered on the scene he was evacuated with light injuries" to the hospital.

The medic added that "large forces of the army and police were active in the area."

A similar rock attack occurred in Jerusalem's Armon Hanatziv neighborhood last November, leaving two year old baby Avigail Ben-Tzion seriously injured after a rock struck her head. After being rushed to Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital, her condition stabilized.

Following that attack Adva Biton, mother of the infant Adelle who was nearly killed last March by a rock thrown at the family's car near Ariel in Shomron, said the attack brought her right back to the day of the attack, and that she had hoped Adelle would be the last injured infant.

Lowenstein Hospital in Ra'anana this week agreed to let Adelle stay at the hospital for another four months, as the Biton family home is not yet prepared to deal with the infant's special needs given that she was left with only partial consciousness.

While the IDF has tended to be hesitant in confronting the phenomenon of Arab rock throwers, an IDF force lying in ambush shot dead an Arab terrorist who was preparing to throw rocks at Israeli cars traveling on Road 60, north of Jerusalem, in March.