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?

Leave a Reply

Please note: comments may be published in the Algemeiner print edition.


Current day month ye@r *

More...

  • Music Personalities Twenty Years On, the Real and Radical Legacy of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach

    Twenty Years On, the Real and Radical Legacy of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach

    JNS.org – “He was part hippie, part yippie, part beatnik, and part New Age,” wrote Elli Wohlgelernter in a Jerusalem Post eulogy in 1994, following the Oct. 20 passing of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach. Twenty years later, more robust accounts of Carlebach’s life have come to the surface. Earlier this year, Natan Ophir published the book Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach: Life, Mission & Legacy. This past summer, Rabbi Shlomo Katz’s The Soul of Jerusalem hit the shelves. But even the authors will admit [...]

    Read more →
  • Blogs Music Beatlemania Invades the Gaza Strip (SATIRE)

    Beatlemania Invades the Gaza Strip (SATIRE)

    As Hamas loses its grip on power in the Gaza Strip as a result of war, poverty and disillusionment, the Islamist terrorist group has developed an ingenious way to raise the moral of the 1.7 million Palestinian Arabs it was elected to serve. While currently focused on delivering a rocket into every Israeli home, Hamas has not left its own people behind. To gently wipe away the tears of children strategically placed inside kindergartens as human shields, the Hamas Interior Ministry has [...]

    Read more →
  • Arts and Culture Spirituality/Tradition Removing Jesus’ Jewish Identity From Artwork

    Removing Jesus’ Jewish Identity From Artwork

    In a strong statement that challenges the historic divide between Christianity and Judaism, Pope Francis recently proclaimed, “Inside every Christian is a Jew.” But if you look at Renaissance artworks that depict Jesus, you will not find any evidence of a Jew inside the Christianized Jesus — even though the Gospels in the New Testament tell us that Jesus was Jewish to the core. Getting that point across to the public is a daunting task, as I learned in interviews I [...]

    Read more →
  • Music Personalities Recycling His Roots

    Recycling His Roots

    JNS.org – Having started his career playing on his family’s pots and pans, Jewish musician Billy Jonas has maintained this homemade performance ethic while spreading his messages of simple living and environmentalism to a shared home throughout the world. After beginning in the kitchen, Jonas soon moved to the music room, where he picked up the piano, guitar, and trombone. These days, the multi-talented multi-instrumentalist plays on with pretty much anything he can find, including cans, bottles buckets, and other recycled-object [...]

    Read more →
  • Book Reviews Personalities Jewish Renewal Movement Founder’s Insights Form a New Guide for Senior Living

    Jewish Renewal Movement Founder’s Insights Form a New Guide for Senior Living

    JNS.org – Sara Davidson’s The December Project is a new book that should be read by all senior citizens, and by those who hope to live a long life, for it raises a question that most of us have not been taught how to answer: What should we do in that final stage of our lives? Many of us continue working past the traditional retirement age of 65, not because we need the money and not because we find the [...]

    Read more →
  • Book Reviews Jewish History Why the Holocaust Occurred in Germany, and Why So Few Resisted (REVIEW)

    Why the Holocaust Occurred in Germany, and Why So Few Resisted (REVIEW)

    It’s hard to make a new contribution to the field of Holocaust studies,  but German historian Götz Aly accomplishes just that in Why the Germans, Why the Jews? His premise is that the origins of the Holocaust were rooted in the specific anti-Semitism found in Germany in the decades and centuries before World War II. Aly (who is not Jewish) seeks to prove his theory by studying only pre-Holocaust history, and tracing how the German people’s envy and hatred of [...]

    Read more →
  • Arts and Culture Blogs Looking at Anti-Israel Celebrities and Their Brands

    Looking at Anti-Israel Celebrities and Their Brands

    JNS.org – During the current conflict in Gaza a number of celebrities have voiced their opinions in support of either the Israeli or Palestinian positions. But others—be it during Operation Protective Edge or at other times—have gone further than simply supporting the Palestinians by actively supporting the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel, making false accusations about the Jewish state, ignoring Israel’s position on the conflict, or justifying the actions of the terrorist group Hamas. Many of these [...]

    Read more →
  • Blogs Sports Israeli UFC Fighter Returns to Jewish State to Rejoin IDF

    Israeli UFC Fighter Returns to Jewish State to Rejoin IDF

    JNS.org – Days after winning his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) featherweight bout against Steven Siler on July 26, Israeli-born mixed martial arts competitor Noad Lahat boarded a plane for his native country, choosing to temporarily exit UFC’s octagonal cage to rejoin the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) as a paratrooper for its operation against Hamas in Gaza. Except he didn’t actually consider it a choice. “When [our] home is in danger, there is no other way for us [but to serve [...]

    Read more →



Sign up now to receive our regular news briefs.