Child Injured by Rock-Throwing Released

Mother of injured toddler tells Arutz Sheva details of her ordeal - and that Jerusalem is still scarier, for now, than Route 60.

Hezki Baruch and Tova Dvorin ,

Arab rock-throwers
Arab rock-throwers
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The 3-year-old boy who was injured by a rock-throwing attack on his parents' car near Shiloh was released from Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital in Jerusalem Sunday morning.

Gittit Yitiv, the boy's mother, told Arutz Sheva as the child was discharged the full story of Saturday night's attack, which occured on Route 60 between Ofra and Shiloh. 

"We were in a bizarre and impossible situation," she recounted. "We returned on Saturday from Jerusalem and [were between] the settlements of Ofra and Shiloh when we heard a crazy popping sound in the car."

"We understood that [terrorists] threw a rock at our sleeping 3 year-old son, who began to scream and cry, and we began to worry," she continued. "My husband and I debated whether to pull over or to continue, because of the threat of a potential ambush down the highway."

"Finally, we pulled over to the shoulder and saw that he was bleeding from his head," she continued. "We immediately called the Police and went from there to Shiloh, where an ambulance was waiting." 

Itiv said she was unafraid of additional attacks, however - and was only afraid "near the Jerusalem light rail," the scene of two recent terror rampages. 

She added that the rock-throwing problem along Route 60 needs to be addressed. 

"There is a distorted perception about rock-throwing, where people think that strengthening [our] defenses will simply solve the problem instead of creating further backlash," she added. "[Instead], the laws simply determine who the victim is and who the terrorist is, who is sovereign and who is not."

"Israel should portray more confidence, strength and power [against terrorism]," she said, "and provide solutions for the protection of vehicles or barriers near the light rail - while, in parallel, escalating the punishment for rock-throwing." 

Itiv added, "We still live in Har Bracha [in Samaria]; this is an open miracle," and thanked the community for opening their hearts and their homes to the family over the past 24 hours. 

"Perhaps we will simply strengthen our car against rock attacks, even if there's no money in the state budget for [us to do so]."