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February 20, 2015 1:11 am

For Victim Adele Biton, Palestinian Rock-Throwing is Murder, Not ‘Resistance’

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Email a copy of "For Victim Adele Biton, Palestinian Rock-Throwing is Murder, Not ‘Resistance’" to a friend – Parents in Israel are in mourning over the death of their child at the hands of Palestinian terrorists. You most probably didn’t read about the attack that took the life of 4-year-old Adele Biton, or if you did, you have forgotten about it because it happened two years ago.

In March 2013, Adele (who died Feb. 17, 2015) was in a car along with her mother and two sisters on her way home from a visit to her grandmother when the vehicle was hit by stones thrown as it traveled on Route 5, which connects Tel Aviv and Ariel.

Following the attack, Adele was sent to Rabin Medical Center, where she was taken straight into surgery upon her arrival to treat her serious head wounds.

According to The New York Times, Adele died from “a severe bout of pneumonia that relatives said was complicated by her neurological trauma.”

The rock-throwing terrorists are in Israeli custody. They should now be charged with murder.

My daughter Alisa died, too, of a head wound. She suffered hers in a 1995 attack near the Israeli community of Kfar Darom when her bus was bombed. She was 20 years old.

I was with her when she died, I held her hand, and whispered in her ear that “everything will be alright, daddy was here.” But it wasn’t alright. She had been operated on, too, when she was admitted to Soroka Medical Center, but the damage to her brain was great. She was not breathing on her own, and the doctors and a rabbi determined that she was dead. I had to let go of her hand, they told me.

Some will have the nerve to say that rock throwing is not serious. That it’s nothing more than teens or young men letting off steam over their frustrations arising from the “occupation.” Civility does not allow me to use the two-word phrase that most likely comes to your mind as it does to mine.

Take for instance, the cases of Esther Ohana and Chava Wechsberg.

In 1983, Esther, 20, was on her way to her wedding rehearsal when the car in which she was riding was attacked by rocks, near Hebron. One struck Esther in the head, killing her.

Eleven year-old Chava was a passenger in car traveling in the Gush Etzion region in 1993, when Arab rock-throwers attacked the vehicle, causing it to crash. Chava was killed.

And there are more such Jewish victims. There was the 2011 murder-by-stoning of Asher Palmer and his 11-month-old son, Yonatan. Ali Sa’ada and his friend Waal al-Arjeh, a member of the Palestinian Authority security forces, carried out that attack in September 2011. They decided to throw rocks from a moving car at an Israeli car traveling in the opposite direction, because the combined speed of the vehicles would significantly increase the damage they could do.

Rock-throwing is not non-violent, despite what New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman and some of his colleagues have written. In an April 2012 column, Friedman endorsed what he called “nonviolent resistance by Palestinians”—and then listed boycotts, hunger strikes, and rock-throwing as examples of such “resistance.” It’s not unarmed resistance. It’s not a “hobby,” a word which conjures up images of playing chess or collecting baseball cards. It’s attempted murder. And in the case of Adele Biton, it’s murder.

For seven days, the Biton family will sit shiva for their daughter. Friends, neighbors, and those who do not know them personally will come to sit with them. They will not be celebrating the martyrdom of a child, they will be mourning for their incalculable loss. They will remember the times they held Adele’s hands and told her everything would be alright. And they will bear it as have so many other parents, with rededication to their core beliefs and steadfastness of resolve, that Adele’s short life not be chalked up to a harmless “resistance.”

New Jersey-based attorney Stephen M. Flatow is the father of Alisa Flatow, who was murdered in a Palestinian terrorist attack in 1995. He is a candidate on the Religious Zionist slate ( in the World Zionist Congress elections.

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  • Yoel Nitzarim

    I remember when Adele and her mother were attacked. I was very upset that such a sweet, beautiful little girl would be attacked merely because she was Jewish. A picture of Adele was always among those pictures that were stored among my Facebook images since I wrote about the incident publicly, and the reader’s letter was published by The Jerusalem Post.

  • ANN barneder

    DEAR Stephen,

    You are such a brave man… You are moving on, and the torah and sages tell us that that is what Hashem wants us to do. I hold your hand as I hold Adva and Rafi’s hand (we live in a neighboring township) and pray for Am Israel .

  • The victims of these vicious crimes must never be forgotten & their memories serve to demonstrate that this so -called ‘resistance’ is neither resistance nor non violent, but sadistic acts in a cruel and unjust war against the Jewish people.
    You should send this heartbreaking article to President Obama and the State Department.
    Perhaps they would then realise who are the victims and who the perpetrators.

    • Cynthia

      Obama doesn’t have a heart. He is one of the Muslims masquerading as a Christian. My heart goes out to all of our brothers and sisters in the Holy Land. Israel is more than just the nation of Israel. Israel has 10 other tribes that make up the English speaking nations: We are all with you.
      and those that are not, should be left outside the gate.

  • Wilbur W.

    The Israeli govt needs to be held responsible for allowing and even encouraging the ongoing stoning of Jews by Arabs. This has been going on for years, but has escalated during the last few years due to the govt ordering the IDF & police to stand down and not intervene. The current PM needs to be held personally accountable for his deliberate actions & inactions that have given terrorists free reign throughout Israel.

  • Golda Meir summed it up in a nutshell when she said “there will only be peace when the Palestinians love their children more than they hate us.”

  • If rock-throwing is “non-violent” how come it is, under more controlled conditions, a means of execution?

  • Sonia Willats

    Stephen Flatow. I read your articles whenever I find one. I am sure that the wound of a lost child, so pointlessly (from inane hatred) never quite stops bleeding. I have followed the story of little Adele from the time she was so badly injured, watching her brave mother pleading with Jews around the world for prayer and tikun olam.

    May you be strengthened day by day as you carry on in this life, and with your mission against pointless violent deaths in Israel.

    I totally agree with you about rock-throwing. Goliath was felled with a stone! If it is so harmless, as people like Amira Hass (HaAretz) like to claim, they should be subjected to it until logic and sanity returns to them. It is a deadly weapon.

    I think I read a few weeks ago that the Attorney General in Israel had ruled that it was not a deadly weapon. I hope I am wrong.

  • “David killed Goliath with a stone”. Rock throwing is murder. Hang the Palestinian hooligans. Murdering a 4 year old toddler is terrible.
    Peace to Adle´s family.

  • Dante

    I think good old stoning is the answer to such crimes and, if course, to those who call it ‘resistance’. They’ll soon see how “non-violent” this is…

  • Palestinians are simply following the example of the sociopath Muhammad who personally decapitated 600 – 900 unarmed Jews. Muslims consider this sociopathic conduct wonderful.

  • Lauren Goldman

    Anyone throwing rocks, etc., at vehicles should be tried for attempted murder. Better, anyone caught in an act of terror should be shot dead, on the spot. Enough already, with the rubber bullets. No questions. No exceptions.