Rock Throwing Attack in Broad Daylight in Old City

YERUSHALAYIM -

The peace of the Jewish Quarter of the Old City was broken on  Tuesday afternoon as a group of Arabs threw rocks at two young women, injuring one of them before fleeing, The Jerusalem Post reported.

One woman was lightly injured in her hand during the unprovoked attack, according to National Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld.

“These types of incidents don’t happen very often,” in the Old City, Rosenfeld said. “The incident is being treated very seriously and police will thoroughly review surveillance footage likely recorded and make arrests shortly.”

Rosenfeld was referring to the Police Intelligence and Observation Center, which is connected to a network of hundreds of surveillance cameras streaming live footage 24-hours a day to some 40 large high-definition screens.

MK Reuven Rivlin (Likud) said that he views the incident in the context of ongoing  efforts to disrupt the already tenuous peace talks by showing that co-existence between Arabs and Jews is impossible.

“Yerushalayim is a microcosm of the ability of Jews and Arabs to live together,” said Rivlin. “And when extremists on both sides see even the possibility of finding understanding to bring an end to the conflict, they’ll do something to prevent it.”

In another incident of Arab violence, a young mother barely escaped with her life. Arabs threw rocks at a car on Highway 55 in the Shomron on Wednesday, shattering the windshield. The driver, a 33-year-old mother of four, briefly lost control of her car.

“There’s glass in my eyes and mouth,” the woman told Arutz Sheva, noting that “they threw the stone to kill me.”

She called on Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to respond harshly to “the increase in attacks that aim to cut off the lives of residents.”