‘A Rock is a Bullet: The Consequences of Palestinian Rock-Throwing,’ The Algemeiner, April 9, 2013. Excerpt:
On May 1990, after celebrating Jerusalem Day in the country’s capital, the Simantov family was driving back home to Ofra when rocks began pelting their car along the way. One rock smashed through the car window, hitting Ahikam’s head, who was seven-months-old at the time.
“It was a period when you couldn’t drive home without getting hit [by rocks],” said Edna Simantov, Ahikam’s mother to Tazpit News Agency in an exclusive interview. “My husband’s car had been hit the week before – this was the height of the first intifada – the roads were dangerous and everyone was getting protective shielding for their cars.”
“Ahikam began crying, his head hadn’t opened but it had begun to swell. At home, we washed him and removed all the pieces of shattered glass,” Simantov recalls. There were three other siblings in the car at the time.
Because there were no ambulances available, the Simantovs drove back to Jerusalem that night, and checked Ahikam into a hospital. The baby lost consciousness during the ride.
“There was a lot of internal bleeding and the doctors weren’t sure that Ahikam would even survive,” said his mother.
Ahikam did survive but suffered permanent brain damage as a result of the rock crushing his skull, which later led to heavy epileptic seizures. When medication could no longer control his seizures, Ahikam’s parents began exploring options for surgery.
Although the Simantovs eventually located, with the help of family and friends, the Montreal Neurological Institute, where Ahikam underwent successful surgery at age 16 that stopped the epilepsy attacks, the 23-year-old feels that he got the hard end of the deal.
“I can’t read or write, I will never be able to serve in the army, or get my driving license,” Ahikam recounts sadly. “I will always have to depend on others to help me even with something as simple as sending an SMS. There are many days when I think to myself, why me?”
The Rock that Changed Ahikam’s Life: Think rocks don’t kill? Well, think again. Ahikam Siman-Tov, 23, was permanently maimed at age 7 months, by Einav Silverman, Israel National News, April 21, 2013. Excerpt:
A debate is raging regarding the rock-throwing terror war waged by Palestinian Authority Arabs against the Jews of Judea and Samaria. Rocks don’t kill, say some apologists, and demand that the IDF continue its policy of refraining from shooting at rock-throwers.
Ahikam Siman-Tov, 23, of Ofra, is living proof of the devastation and endless suffering a single rock can cause, even if it does not kill.