Lo, children are a heritage of the LORD; the fruit of the womb is a reward.(Psalms 127:3)
A 2-year old Israeli girl was injured Thursday after the car she was in with her parents was pelted with stones by Palestinian teenagers in Jerusalem. Israeli Police announced that Four Palestinian youths have been arrested in connection with the attack Friday morning, according to the The Times of Israel.
The attack occurred in Armon Hanatziv, a predominantly Jewish Jerusalem neighborhood just over the Green Line.
The toddler sustained a moderate headwound and was rushed to Hadassah Hospital in the capital’s Ein Kerem neighborhood, where doctors said she was in stable condition.
An initial report on Channel 2 said that the stone may have been thrown from the adjacent Arab neighborhood of Sur Baher.
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat called on authorities to crack down on a recent wave of stone throwing attacks in the city. “It’s about time we start treating a stone as a weapon,” he told Israel’s Channel 10 TV.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wished the girl a speedy recovery. “We will find these criminals and bring them to justice,” he said earlier.
This is the most recent in a worrisome trend of escalating attacks on Israelis. Earlier in November, a couple driving along a road in the West Bank near the settlement of Tekoa were wounded, and their car was destroyed, in a Molotov cocktail attack.
In mid-November, a Palestinian teenager stabbed 19-year-old soldier Eden Atias multiple times in the neck, killing him as he slept in the adjacent seat on a bus at the central bus station in Afula.
The assailant, 16-year-old Hussein Rawarda, had entered Israel illegally in search of work and apparently decided to carry out the deadly attack after failing to be hired by an Israeli employer.
Shortly before the stabbing, former Shin Bet chief Yuval Diskin said the Palestinians were ripe for a “third intifada.” However, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said that recent attacks were isolated incidents, insisting that “there is no sign of a popular uprising.”
In March, three-year-old Adele Biton was critically injured when rocks were thrown at her mother’s car near the settlement of Ariel, causing a major accident. She was released from a Ra’anana hospital in July, after nearly two and a half months of treatment in the facility’s intensive care unit.