A chareidi man who suffered an eye injury from a rock thrown at him when he was in Talmud Torah in Rishon LeTzion in 2003 has been awarded compensation by the courts, Arutz Sheva reported on Sunday.
A Tel Aviv court determined that local authorities were responsible for the incident in which a student from a nearby secular school threw the rock, which hit him in both eyes and caused damaged to his eyesight.
The incident occurred during recess period for both schools, which were adjacent to one another, separated only by a low fence. “There was clear hostility between students in the two schools, with curses, insults and rocks hurled by both sides. The incidents had continued for at least two years, until the chareidi school moved, largely due to the tragic incident in question,” the court said. Because the hostility was mutual, the incident was not labeled a “hate crime.”
The court ruled on behalf of the victim, that the authorities were remiss in not doing more to defuse the situation.
In its decision, the court said that it hoped that “we will be able to overcome the baseless hatred that is eating us alive, as we head down the road to the construction of the Third Temple, which we hope will be speedily rebuilt.”