Caught on camera: Palestinian hurls brick at car (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Yair Altman Published: 02.23.12, 00:04)
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Teacher driving home to West Bank settlement finds herself target of
rock salvo – daily occurrence in area, she says
A teacher was on her way home to the West Bank settlement of Karmei
Tzur on Tuesday when she found herself the target of a rock salvo
that smashed her windshield.
Zehava Weiss, the driver, came out unscathed from an incident that
has become a daily experience for residents in the region. An AFP
photographer who was standing nearby captured the instance when a
Palestinian boy hurled a boulder at her car.
Weiss told Ynet that she saw the car in front of her getting hit, but
did not think the salvo would continue. She had no choice but to
continue driving into Beit Ummar, a Palestinian town, even after she
bcame the target.
"I saw crowds on my left and on my right," Weiss recalled. "I knew
that something was happening, but I had to continue driving because I
didn´t see any cops of soldiers in the area."
Luckily, Weiss said, her car is armored, but even so "the windshield
was shattered and the exterior was dented in several places. They
were throwing bricks, not stones."
´It happens every day´
This wasn´t Weiss´ first time in an incident of this kind.
"The Palestinians love to throw stones near that spot, and at two
other sites near the village," she said. "I have lived in Karmei Tzur
for eight years and I can tell you that they hurl stones almost every
"My heart was beating so fast after the incident, but we have to
continue driving through there," she added. "What choice do we have?"
The IDF Spokesperson´s Unit said that security forces are regularly
stationed around Beit Ummar with the purpose of preventing such
incidents. When violence does occur, troops are dispatched to search
for the perpetrators.
Following Tuesday´s incidents, two suspects were arrested near the
Palestinian town of Al-Khader.
"The IDF works continuously to apprehend those who are involved in
any terrorist activity," the army said.
According to the police, which collaborates with the IDF on the
issue, 368 Palestinians were arrested in 2011 for throwing stones,
and 38 were arrested for hurling Molotov cocktails. Over 100 suspects
in similar cases were arrested in January and February of this year.
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