Drones to document Arab rock throwers?

New initiative aims to train volunteers to use drones for documenting Arab rock throwers, thus ensuring they are brought to justice.

Tzvi Lev,

Rock throwing in Jerusalem
Rock throwing in Jerusalem
Flash 90

The Otzma Yehudit movement has launched a new initiative that would document Arab rock-throwers in Judea and Samaria with the use of drones.

Dozens of volunteers would be trained to operate the drones and catch the rock throwers in the act. They would then transfer the footage to the IDF. The Otzma Yehudit legal team would follow up on the cases to ensure that rock throwers be brought to justice.

Otzma Yehudit said that the initiative was started in order to fight what they said was the IDF's "policy of containment" towards rock throwing. "Instead of B'Tselem members, the women of Machsom Watch and a variety of left-wing organizations being the only ones using the camera - in their case, to hurt soldiers, we will use it to protect them," said the movement in a statement, referring to radical- left-wing NGOs that film IDF soldiers in an attempt to catch them in compromising moments.

"Dozens of our volunteers will document the rioters and pressure law enforcement to bring them to justice."

Arabs in Judea and Samaria have been hurling rocks at Jewish-owned cars for years, and the IDF expends much effort at halting the attacks. At least 15 Israelis have been killed as a result of rock attacks,. In 2015, for example, four-year-old Adele Biton suffered a head ijnjury from which she later died when Arab terrorists threw rocks at her parents' car, causing the vehicle to flip over and collide with a truck.

In 2011, Asher and his son one-year old Yonatan Palmer were killed when Arab rock throwers caused Asher to spin out of control near Kiryat Arba.