Arab rock-throwers nabbed for attack on civilians in Jerusalem

Two Jerusalem Arabs suspected of attacking car near Pisgat Zeev neighborhood in the capital taken into custody, indicted.

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Two teenage Arab residents of Jerusalem are set to be indicted for a recent attack on a civilian car in the capital.

The two suspects, both 15 years old, were arrested a week and a half ago after they reportedly hurled rocks at a private car en route to the Pisgat Zeev neighborhood in northeastern Jerusalem.

The car sustained damage during the attack, but there were no injuries reported.

Shortly after the attack, the driver reported the incident to local police, who in turn opened an investigation into the rock-throwing.

A few days later, police were able to identify and locate the two stone-throwers.

Police arrested the two suspects, who were later brought before a Jerusalem court for an extension of their arrests.

Authorities are expected to bring the two before the court again Monday for a second extension of their arrests.

In addition, prosecutors are expected to file preliminary indictments against the two rock-throwers. The formal indictments are likely to be filed later this week.

A police spokesperson said law enforcement efforts against rock-throwers was crucial for maintaining public safety, given the serious danger such attacks can pose.

“Throwing even a single rock at a car can be enough to cause real danger, resulting in loss of control of the car, and harm to those inside the car and others on the road.”

“We take these incidents very seriously, and we will continue our efforts to locate stone-throwers, while working to increase awareness of the dangers of stone-throwing.”

In 2015, 64-year-old Alexander Levlovitz was killed after his car was pelted by rocks, causing him to lose control of the vehicle and crash.

In 2011, 25-year-old Asher Palmer and his two-year-old son Yonatan Palmer were killed when stone-throwers attacked their car on Route 60, near Hevron, causing the vehicle to crash.