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Motive in Rock Throwing Attack That Injured 2-Year-Old Was ‘Hatred of Jews,’ Hamas Leader Son Arrested

December 3, 2013 12:16 pm 12 comments
The Ben-Zion car, showing the impact of stones thrown at its windshield. Photo: Screenshot / Channel 2.

The Ben-Zion's car, showing the impact of stones thrown at its windshield. Photo: Screenshot / Channel 2.

Jerusalem Police said on Tuesday that one of the assailants involved in the rock throwing attack that injured toddler Avigail Ben-Zion was the son of a senior Hamas official, while the group admitted their motive was “hatred of Jews,” elevating the attack from senseless violence to what may be considered a nationalistic crime, Israel’s Channel 2 reported.

Five men were arrested on Monday and held for questioning on suspicion of throwing stones at the car driven by Avigail’s mother last Thursday outside Jerusalem. The four Arab teenagers originally arrested the day after the attack have since been released, the police said.

During last night’s interrogation, the five new detainees implicated themselves in the crime and claim they “committed the act because of hatred of Jews,” police said. One of the suspects is the son of a Hamas leader who was a member of the legislature of the movement.

The police investigation revealed that as soon as they realized that they had damaged the vehicle and thought they had killed Avigail, the suspects tried to coordinate a common alibi, saying they were at the village dentist.

Officer Elmaleh, head of the Special Operations Investigation Squad at the Jerusalem District’s Central Unit, told reporters at a briefing on Tuesday that “we treated the incident as a terrorist attack, and we used all the tools at our disposal. We had significant progress in the investigation, after which we conducted two further arrest operations.”

“We have five detainees involved in the incident,” Elmaleh said. “Four of them were interrogated and confessed and also tied the others to the event. Some of [the suspects] are still being investigated. We are talking about an incident that was planned and timed. They met before the incident and planned to arrive in the evening to throw stones. The investigation found that the motive was hatred of Jews.”

He noted that the police don’t have the ability to prevent similar incidents in the future. “Some of them worked in other places,” revealed Elmaleh. “We can not guarantee non-recurrence of similar events in the future.”

Elmaleh said the police evidence strongly implicated the new suspects. “Most of them did not express remorse for the deed,” he said. “There is clear evidence linking them to the event, and the totality of the evidence will be presented in court and will reinforce the suspicion against the detainees.”

Last week, two-year-old Israeli girl Avigail Ben-Zion suffered a moderate head wound when her mother’s car was stoned as it entered the Armon Hanatziv neighborhood in Jerusalem. Ben-Zion’s mother and her two brothers were unharmed.

12 Comments

  • dantebenedetti

    in its confusion and weakness, the govt of Israel has made capital punishment the only option for dealing with terrorists. if terrorists are imprisoned, the govt of Israel will release them. that is the sad and inexcusable reality. But, not all terrorists or acts of terrorism are equally atrocious; capital punishment should be reserved for the most despicable. that would include murders, torture, mayhem, bombing, etc. and all those commit the act and those who plan, support, encourage, shelter, reward the perpetrators. send ’em a message.

  • Vivienne Leijonhufvud

    Come on the Pope is not particularly a Liar that is as bad as saying all Rabbi’s are Liars! Obama well this is a different issue and political.

    These stone throwing Arabs need to be locked up, personally if death is caused this constitutes in my opinion pre-meditated murder a capital crime subject to capital punishment. Since Sharia considers all males and females from 13 upwards as adults then 13 yr old males committing pre-meditated murder are subject to adult male capital punishment and don’t be put off by Amnesty Intl or any other PC organization. Two kids under 10 in the UK (the only decent thing British Law has done) were subject to life sentences. One has been returned to goal, the other after 17 years life sentence (meaning he came out just about 30+) has not as yet re-offended. So beloved Israel make the penal punishment fit the crime. I live in the Republic of Ireland. I am probably referred to as Black Irish (the delightful name given to Jews in Ireland, quite proud of it really).

  • Sonia Willats

    Agree with above comments. ISRAEL MUST STOP BEING THE “lamb in lamb’s clothing, and remember her Messiah, the LION OF JUDAH!”

    Bibi, I know you love Israel. Don’t look to the Pope, don’t look to Obama and Kerry (we know they are liars,) LOOK TO THE G-D OF ISRAEL FOR STRENGTH. Stop trying to placate the world that is calling for the destruction of Israel. Stand as Joshua stood, firm and full of courage. IT IS IN YOU, BIBI. Be strong, and believe in yourself when the world mocks you. Even when I disagree with you, I still respect you.

    • Strength and valor is not in him or he would have demonstrated it by now. Sad to say that Israel allows itself to be ruled by men who are weaker and more irascible than the better, braver women of Israel.

  • Victoria D Matlock

    Wow for what were all Children of god just have our own though

  • they should be stood against a wall and stoned. In that way they get to learn to be in the shoes of their victims.

  • These are the savage people that Israel is expected to make peace with? You want them in a state adjoining Israel? In my opinion these savage arabs are Israel’s eternal enemies.
    There’s no living in peace with them.

  • Mireille Mechoullam

    What happened that Israel changed the policy: When a palestinian did an act of terrorism the Gvt of Israel was destroying the home of the terrorist? Now Israel catch the terrorist and then release asa “sign if Goodwill”. Some joke!!!!!!!!

  • If Israel down’t begin to blow up every one of those little animals’ parents’ houses, then hurting and killing innocent Jews with rocks and other material will be a regular occurrence. Listen up Bibi, or you will wind up being a furniture salesman again!!!

    • eugenia nayfeld

      This a reply to Mr Graulich, Dont ofend animals,they would never do something like this,this guys are murders and they shoul be in jail for a very very long period

  • Haven’t Israelis yet learned that God helps those who help themselves? It would certainly help Israel if it had a planned reaction to stoning announced in advance to show Hamas scum what will be happening to them should they riot or rock-hurl. Like this: Inform arab wanna-be-rock-hurlers they will be shot in the legs, and if masked, shot in the head. That should calm things. And if that old bat Catherine Ashton or her arab cohorts don’t like it, tough noogies.

  • Daniela Lowinger

    And when they are going to be exchanged for nothing?

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