Arabs Who Threw Stones at 2-Year-Old Confess Hate Motive

YERUSHALAYIM -

Five Arab youths from eastern Yerushalayim have confessed to throwing stones at the vehicle carrying two-year-old Abigail Ben-Zion last week, and have told police investigators that they were motivated by hatred of Jews.

Police arrested the five suspects, aged 14 to 17, on Monday, and a gag order was lifted on Tuesday.

During questioning, they said that on the day of the incident, they stood behind a fence near the road in two separate groups and threw stones at passing cars. When the Ben-Zion family’s car was hit, they fled the scene.

The toddler has since been released from hospital after being treated for moderate injuries.

Police chief Insp.-Gen. Yohanan Danino praised investigators for locating the suspects: “Their professional work brought about the quick cracking of the case, the apprehension of the suspects and their being brought to stand trial.”

Danino said that “stone-throwing is an act of terror in every way, and the police treat it as such.”