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November 29, 2013 11:37 am

Mother of 2-Year-Old Victim of Rock Throwing Attack Speaks Out

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Arab teenagers throwing stones, in footage uploaded to YouTube. Photo: Screenshot / YouTube.

Arab teenagers throwing stones, in footage uploaded to YouTube. Photo: Screenshot / YouTube.

The mother of a two-year-old toddler was still in shock on Friday, as  Avigail Ben-Zion recovered in a Jerusalem hospital from injuries sustained by rocks thrown at their moving car by four Arab teenagers on Thursday evening on the outskirts of Jerusalem, Israel’s Channel 2 reported.

“Avigail will be fine,” Shirin Ben-Zion told Channel 2. “She has a fractured skull, and we wait. I never thought that something like this could happen. Initially, I thought it was an accident, but then I realized very quickly that what crashed into us wasn’t any vehicle.”

Referring to her assailants, Ben-Zion was at a loss for words: “I can not talk about them as people – those figures who decided to hurt kids, I have nothing to say about them.”

Asked how the attack will impact her life, Ben-Zion said that she has no plans to travel along the route again: “I will not return to this road, it is not possible that something like this could happen by mistake.”

At her side, husband Assaf Ben-Zion, who was not in the car at the time of the attack, said, “My wife was driving the car and thought it was an accident and stopped the vehicle. Inside (the car) were two more children – Avigail’s twin and her older brother. There are a lot of people who have sent their encouragement and prayers.”

Among those wishing young Avigail a speedy recovery was Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

At a Channukah ceremony at the Western Wall, the prime minister said, “The first thing I want to do this evening is to send my best wishes for a speedy and complete recovery to a small baby who was injured by the criminals here in Jerusalem.”

Housing Minister Uri Ariel also commented on the attack: “We are talking about a serious incident which joins a long line of dangerous events. I wish to encourage the Prime Minister to take decisive and rapid action towards the elimination of the ‘Stone Age.'”

The four suspects in the case were Arab teenagers, aged between 15 and 20, from nearby Sur Baher, who were arrested at 2AM after being implicated by intelligence obtained by the police. They admitted to their crimes during a police interrogation, while the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court extended their arrests until Monday for a hearing.

Channel 2 also interviewed the father of one of the suspects who denied the charges against his 16-year-old son: “He did not throw any stones and was never in custody ever.” The teenager’s father said that what might have happened was that the boys were throwing rocks at sheep, which is a frequent game for them, and one of the stones my have accidentally hit a vehicle on the street. He also denied there was any nationalist motivation behind the stone throwing: “Since the Intifada ended until now, there has been no such incident originating from the village.”

As for baby Avigail, Dr. Eitan Kerem, head of pediatrics at Hadassah Medical Center, said, “During the evening and night, her situation improved. She’s conscious and is still under medical supervision. We’ll do some tests today to assess her situation, and we hope that she will continue to improve.”

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  • gilgoul

    Funny how US border patrol rightly considers rock throwing as assault with a deadly weapon that has to be addressed with deadly force (so far this year 8 individuals have been killed by returning fire on the Mexican border) while here a soldier or a civilian opening up on a rock thrower will immediately go to jail.

    As long as there is no accountability and consequences for the rock throwers there will be no improvement of the situation.

  • E Pluribus Wombat

    Has Baroness Ashton blamed the Jews yet? She will.

  • Dov

    I fail to understand why we are making aliyah into Israel, when they can’t and would not defend Jews. WE get better protection in America.

  • Miriam Esther

    who plays a ‘game’ by throwing rocks at innocent animals? is that really any better?

  • Rafael Fischer

    The father of one of the terrorist stone-throwers: “Since the Intifada ended until now, there has been no such incident originating from the village.”

    THIS IS A LIE. I live in Armon Hanatziv and there have been previous stone-throwing and tire-burning incidents at the roundabout in between Tsur Baher and Armon Hanatziv in the past year alone.

    Furthermore, a resident of Tsur Baher killed 3 Israelis in a Jerusalem terrorist attack in 2008:,7340,L-3562991,00.html

  • Sarah

    Shepherds do throw rocks at sheep in order to keep them from wandering into a dangerous gully or out onto a road….but they DON’T throw rocks at sheep at night—and this was night—because shepherds/ranchers have their sheep paddocked at night, not out in the fields.


    I agree with all of the above comments.
    This behavior towards the Jews of Israel must stop.
    There is no crime in their self defense and it’s time that these young Muslims be held accountable for their crimes against humanity.


    I agree with all of the above comments.
    This behavior towards the Jews of Israel must stop.
    There is no crime in self defense and it’s time that these young Muslims be held accountable for their crimes against humanity.

  • Linda Rivera

    Not ONE inch of Free World Jewish land to the enemies of ALL innocent humanity! Not now! Not ever!

    Under Islam, Egypt’s Christians lived in hell for centuries. Kidnappings; rapes; tortures. Violent conversion to Islam of Christian children. Former Christian Egypt is a WARNING to the world.

    The next stage of a nation conquered by Muslims is the MASSIVE kidnapping of non-Muslim female children by male Muslims. The kidnappings are perpetrated with the full cooperation of ruling elites, courts and the police. The agonized parents NEVER get their beloved children back. The severely abused, terrorized girls are FOREVER separated from their loving parents and family. These terrible crimes against G-d and humanity must NOT be allowed to happen in our countries!

    Egyptian Christian Copts cry out in agony:

    Comment by Egyptian Christian Copt underneath video:


    The Passion of the Copts

  • Ca ne sert à rien de commenter. Il faut interdire les journaleux pourris étrangers d’entrer en ISRAEL, punir sévèrement les arabes, les expulser même. De toutes façons ISRAEL sera toujours condamné, quoi qu’il fasse, alors, autant se défendre; les arabes ne comprennent que les rapports de force. Depuis 1993, ISRAEL est faible!!!

  • Linda Rivera

    End Muslim barbarism! The ONLY way to PROTECT non-Muslim innocents from Muslim God-haters:

    TINY Israel for Jews
    22 HUGE Arab countries for Muslims

    Muslim countries only for Muslims.
    Non-Muslim countries ONLY for non-Muslims = Peace, Freedom and SAFETY!


    How heartbreaking this must have been for the baby’s parents and other loved ones. These boys–no matter what their ages–should be treated as the young criminals that they are.
    Certainly, the parents of these boys should take them to
    admit to this terrible attack and apologize to the parents of this injured child. Our hearts go out to this injured family.

  • Ilana

    throwing rocks at sheep!!! What a pathetic excuse, shameful even. And throwing rocks at sheep is one step away from throwing rocks at people. So if they had a game of hurting sheep, it is perfectly logical that they proceeded onto to people. That is how it works.

    • Shifra Paikin

      The Talmud says that people who are cruel to animals are cruel to people. To these barbarians, cruelty is a way of life. Take note Mr. Obama.

  • Build a new settlement for every terror act of this sort.
    And make the settlement-terror connection known to the public.

  • Bernard Ross

    It is ludicrous for BB to send best wishes to the family when his ludicrous governance is the cause of such behavior. He must stop pretending to be a Jewish leader when everything he does is to the benefit of the stone throwers.

    • June Grant

      You may condemn Netanyahu for many things, but the root of such youth barbarism lies squarely on the shoulders of Abbas who routinely glorifies terrorism and compensates with western dollars. Such lack of humanity emanates from the disgusting education system in the territories which teaches children from the earliest age to hate Jews of all ages, and that it is noble to grow up to kill them.

  • pinchas baram

    hey, throwing rocks at sheep or cars with Israeli plates with kids in them– it’s all a game to these little sadistic dreckheads, it’s part of their “culture” which we ae supposed to respect in the name of “diversity.”

    In any case, once they’re released, and of course the weak legal system will release them soon, they will be received as young heroes back in their village and maybe get a congratulating letter from Abbas. Of course the NYT will also jump in with a picture of one of their mothers in her kerchief looking plaintively at baby pictures or such…

  • Leslie Satenstein

    It is very very tragic to have hatred against we Jews. The general consensus is that the hatrid is from political beliefs, rather than religious ones.

    Lets hope that Avigail recovers fully, with no damage to brain or composure.

    But why the hatred? That is the question that needs to be answered.

    • The hatred is, of course, that beyond the political there is Jew hatred. There is ample and ongoing proof of such attitudes. It does not help that the politically-coerced censorship (mainstream) press glorifies the criminals.

    • Linda Rivera

      Islam is a TOTALITARIAN, political ideology dressed up in religious clothing that demands Muslims conquer ALL non-Muslim nations. So far, Muslims have conquered 56 nations.

      Jihad is an obligation for all Muslims. The Quran book of war commands Muslims to commit atrocities and barbaric mass murders of non-Muslims:

      The Islamic commands are PERMANENT for ALL time.

      Bukhari:V4B52N220 “Allah’s Apostle said, ‘I have been made victorious with terror.'”

      Qur’an:8:12 “I shall terrorize the infidels. So wound their bodies and incapacitate
      them because they oppose Allah and His Apostle.”

      Quran (3:151) – “Soon shall We cast terror into the hearts of the Unbelievers

      Quran (3:56) – “As to those who reject faith, I will punish them with terrible agony in this world and in the Hereafter, nor will they have anyone to help.”

  • Sunshine

    Throwing rocks at sheep… the father says.

    What in the hell is the matter with these people? Do they encourage their kids to practice on animals first?

    No wonder they grow up as losers.

    • Lani

      My thoughts exactly. They are at the very least animal a users, at the most, and most probable, attempted murderers. Age has no limit on criminality in the Middle East.

  • Saba

    Rock throwers are terrorist…

  • Jacqueline S.

    Lack of empathy toward animals, which the article states a frequent pastime for Arab teenagers, is an indicator of a criminally violent personality toward human beings. I believe in locking these thugs up for a long time to set an example for their other thug friends.

    • If that happened, they would soon be released in a ‘good faith’ gesture at some other pipe dream.

  • Arie

    And when the terrorists are either arrested or shot while attacking, expect a kerry/obama Laughton of venal commentary condemning “Zionist overreaction to purposely threaten the US peace initiative. The Zionist warmongers must be stopped”

    • Michael Garfinkel

      I’m waiting for another wave of New York Times pieces about how the rock-throwing Arab teenagers were the real victims.

      I also find the father’s defense revealing – that the teenagers were innocently engaged in their routine harassment and abuse of animals.

      Perhaps this might give pause to the Times – after all, these were poor sheep, while the Jews, well, they have it coming, don’t they?

      I’m sure Friedman and the gang at the Times are already examining their stock “root cause” narratives.

    • Your hatred and stupidity are enmeshed so totally. Zionist war mongers? Kids threw rocks at a car with a mother and children. That is not ‘Zionist war mongering,’ it is Islamic barbarism.

  • judorebbe

    BASTARDS !!! The Israeli government used to take the correct approach in dealing with terrorists – killing them.
    When Israel’s “leaders” decided to show Jew-haters how “humane” we are, our terrorism problem increased.
    And now we set terrorists free from prison to kill and injure more of our kids?