Road to Gush Etzion [Image Source: Wikimedia Commons]
The news organization Arutz Sheva (and originally Behadrei Haredim) reported yesterday on a rock-throwing incident near the haredi (ultra-Orthodox) town of Beitar Illit, in the Judea region of Israel. On Sunday night at approximately 9:00 p.m., three cars travelling on the Hussan bypass, a road leading to Beitar Illit were attacked by Arab stone-throwers. At least one of the cars targeted by the stone-throwing terrorists was carrying small children. Fortunately, no injuries were reported in the attacks, though the three cars did suffer broken windows, damaged windshields, and body damage.
In recent years, residents of Beitar Illit have suffered from periodic attacks by Arab stone-throwers who target Israeli cars and buses on the Hussan bypass road. In 2015, a female terrorist from Bethlehem stabbed an Israeli security guard at the entrance to Beitar Illit before being neutralized. A year earlier, Arabs from Hussan attempted to lynch a driver on the Hussan bypass road, dragging him out of his car and beating him. Before the attackers managed to drag the man into Hussan, Border Police officers intervened.
The busiest road in the Judea region is Highway 60. Throughout the past few years there have been scores of Israeli drivers that have had rocks, stones and even Molotov cocktails thrown at their cars on the road. This type of behavior would not be tolerated anywhere else in the world. For better or worse, Israel has been tolerating violent behavior targeted at its citizens in an effort to “exercise restraint” as the international community puts it. We hope that the Arab inhabitants of Judea and Samaria teach their children to keep their rocks, stones and Molotov cocktails to themselves and learn how to contribute to society instead of trying to destroy it.