The incidents documented on this page are by no means all of the Palestinian rock-throwing attacks against Jews. Rather, this page is intended serve as a forum upon which those attacks that are reported in the news media, and documented by other sources, can be assembled into a detailed chronology for anyone with an interest in grasping the enormity of this terrorist phenomenon.
2013 rock-throwing attacks
According to Israeli authorities, between January-May 2013, there have been more than 2,050 Palestinian rock attacks, that have injured 150 Jews in the West Bank. Among them:
March 14: 3-year-old left with traumatic brain injury after rock-throwing attack in Ariel
Mother of girl hurt in Samaria recounts attack, by Yaron Kelner, YNet, March 15, 2013. Excerpt (emphasis added):
“I want my child with me, she’s just three years old. She hasn’t done anything wrong to anyone,” Adva Biton, 32, said Friday while her daughter, Adele, was still hospitalized in critical condition at the Schneider Children’s Medical Center in Petah Tikva. Biton and her three daughters were traveling on Route 5 in Samaria on Thursday evening when their car collided with a truck forced to divert from its lane due to stones hurled by Palestinians. Little Adele was critically injured in the accident. Her mother and two sisters sustained moderate wounds.
“I remember everything,” Adva Biton recalled Friday. “We were at my mother’s house for an hour and a half. After we left, about 100-200 meters from Ariel, I saw a truck in front of me. Within one second I heard a boom. Everything turned dark, I couldn’t see a thing. The truck was hit by the first barrage of stones and was forced to brake. I found myself under it. When I was below the vehicle I couldn’t move any part of my body except the hand. I used it to hold my daughter’s head up, hoping that by keeping an open airway I’ll be able to save her.”
Detailed documentation on the attack on the Bitons, and Adele’s status here.
March 15: Israeli legislator’s wife injured with glass shards in eye, as result of rock-throwing attack
Former MK’s Wife Also Hurt in Rock Terror Attack, by Elad Benari, Israel National News, March 15, 2013. Excerpt:
Aviva Hazan, wife of former Likud MK Yehiel Hazan,[…] was on a bus that was making its way towards Tel Aviv and was hit by rocks that shattered its windows. Hazan was hit by broken glass which entered her eye, and was taken to hospital.
June 30: Hostess of popular Israeli satire TV show, “Latma,” and her family injured in rock-throwing attack in Samaria
“We were traveling in our car in Samaria, at 10:00 p.m. Leizi identifies rocks on the road, understands what is happening. He shouts to me, to protect our babies in the back seat, and as fast as the speed of light, a stone (Not just any stone. Think of a large rock, and now think bigger. Something the size of a nice grapefruit) smashes the window next to me. Pieces of glass everywhere. On my body, in every possible place, on our babies. They are reclining innocently in their seats and a million bits of glass, large and small, cover them. And a kind of glass dust, that only G-d knows how to clean off of them. And off of me. I am injured. Blood. A little, but blood nonetheless. On the face, on the hands. On my baby’s leg. We flee for our lives. Scared to death that more rocks may be headed our way.”
July 18, 2013: 10-year-old girl suffers head injury after being hit by rock
10-Year-Old Girl Hurt in Jerusalem Rock Attack, by Elad Benari, Israel National News, July 19, 2013. Excerpt:
An Arab youth threw a rock at the Emunah College of Arts and Technology located in the southern Jerusalem neighborhood of Bak’a on Thursday evening, as an art exhibition attended by dozens of people was taking place in the building. The rock hit a 10-year-old girl in the head. The girl, who sustained minor injuries, was treated by a team of Magen David Adom paramedics who then took her to the Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital.
July 17: Rock-throwing attack in El-Khader; no injuries (link)
July 24: Baby, 3 adults injured in Jerusalem rock-throwing attack
Road Terror in Jerusalem’s Old City; Baby Hurt, by Chana Ya’ar, Israel National News, July 25, 2013. Excerpt:
The Arabs hurled large rocks at an Egged bus as it traveled past the Damascus Gate on Thursday afternoon, according to Israel Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld, who tweeted the information via the Twitter social networking site. Four people were “lightly” wounded, Rosenfeld said, all of whom were treated at the scene by medics from the Magen David Adom emergency medical service. The wounded include a baby.
July 30: Teenager, adult injured in rock-throwing attack
Two Hurt in Rock Attack on Bus in Jerusalem, by Elad Benari, Israel National News, July 31, 2013. Excerpt:
A 15-year-old teen and a 40-year-old man were wounded on Tuesday evening in a rock attack on a bus in Jerusalem. Arab terrorists hurled rocks at the bus as it was travelling from the Neve Yaakov neighborhood towards central Jerusalem.
Select earlier attacks
On January 29, 1983 Esther driving near Dahariya, on her way from Be’er Sheva to Jerusalem, when her car was attacked by Palestinian rock-throwers. One rock struck her head and rendered her comatose. On February 12, after two weeks in a vegetative state, Esther died.
On September 23, 2011, Asher Palmer, 24, and his son Jonathan, 1, were driving home on the Sabbath when Palestinians began throwing rocks at them from an oncoming car. Several of the rocks crashed through the Palmers’ windshield, causing Asher to lose control of his car, which then crashed and overturned multiple times. Both he and Jonathan were killed. See detailed documentation of the Asher murders here.
On June 5, 2001 Palestinian terrorists threw rocks at the vehicle in which Yehuda was riding with his parents. His skull was crushed when a rock flew in through the windshield. His parents took him to an intensive care unit at the Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem, where he lay unconscious and with severe head injuries. He was attached to a respirator for nearly a week before dying of severe brain damage on July 11, 2001. See detailed documentation of Yehuda’s murder here.
From ZOA research:
February 24, 1989: Staff Sergeant Benny Meisner, a 24-year-old Israeli soldier, was struck in the head and killed by a chunk of concrete thrown by an Arab in Nablus. (Jerusalem Post, February 27, 1989)
- September 3, 1989: IDF reserve soldier Haim Sharabani, 38, died from wounds suffered when he was struck in the head in an Arab rock-throwing attack in Khan Yunis, Gaza, two weeks earlier. (Jerusalem Post, September 4, 1989)
- November 15, 1990: A 4-year-old Arab boy, from the village of Kafr Talouza (north of Nablus), was killed after being struck in the head by a rock thrown by Arab rock-throwers who mistook the car in which he was riding for an Israeli vehicle. (Yediot Ahronot, November 16, 1990)
- February 24, 1993: An Israeli car traveling in the Gush Etzion region was attacked by Arab rock-throwers, causing the car to crash. An 11 year-old passenger, Chava Wechsberg, was killed. (Jerusalem Post, February 28, 1993)
- March 2, 1993: Yehoshua Weisbrod was stoned to death by an Arab mob in Rafah (in the Gaza Strip).(New York Times, March 5, 1993)
- September 26, 1993: Rocks thrown at a car near Jerusalem’s A-Ram junction caused the car to crash, killing 17 year-old Amitai Kapah. (Jerusalem Post, September 28, 1993)
- October 21, 1996: Fathi Shouri, 43, an Arab mistaken for a Jew, is killed when rocks thrown at his car hit him in the head near Ramallah. (Jerusalem Post, October 22, 1996)