Israeli TV Discovers Rock-Throwing Terror War

Mainstream Channel 2 gives its viewers a sneak peek at the war of attrition on the roads of Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria.

Gil Ronen ,

Rock attack
Rock attack

Channel 2 TV, Israel's leading mainstream TV channel, gave its viewers a sneak peek Tuesday at the years-long, ongoing war of attrition against Jews on the roads of Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria.

The report was prompted by the Knesset's passing, in the final readings, of a law that makes it possible to send people convicted of throwing rocks at moving vehicles to up to 10 years in jail, even if their intent to maim or murder was not proven.

The channel reported that more than 1,000 charges of rock throwing are filed against defendants annually, and that last month alone, 140 rock attacks were recorded, down from 270 in March.

The report provided viewers with footage from recent rock attacks – of the kind that Arutz Sheva reports about on a near daily basis.

The report also includes an interview with a bus driver who said: “In five months, I have expreienced four fire bombs. Boulders and rocks – once every week or two, on a regular basis.”

Another bus driver explained that the attackers often throw paint as well, in order to blind the driver.

Amazingly, the channel itself reported that the rock attacks go unreported in the media.

Throwing rocks at moving vehicles with intent to cause injury is punishable by up to 20 years in jail, while throwing rocks at police is now punishable by up to five years in jail and will be treated as a case of aggravated assault on a police officer.