Rock terror in Jerusalem

Damaged windshield; Photo credit: Courtesy of photographer

Damaged windshield; Photo credit: Courtesy of photographer

Wednesday, June 24, 2020, 10:22 On May 14, a terrorist threw a rock from a bridge in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Hanina at a Jewish car passing under it. The rock hit the windshield, damaging the car, and the driver filed a complaint at the Moriah Police Station in Jerusalem. As of now, over one month later, there are no known detentions of suspects. Currently Honenu Attorney Chayim Bleicher is demanding that the police do everything necessary to bring the terrorist to trial.
The driver, a teacher, who drives every day via the Ben Tzion Interchange to her job in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Pisgat Ze’ev, described the attack: “I finished teaching and started out to return to my apartment at a quarter to one. I saw a youth on the bridge raise his arm and a second later I heard ‘boom’. Then I understood that he had thrown a rock at me.
“It was really startling and frightening. I just wanted to escape from there. It had never happened to me before, and I drive there regularly. It is not a dangerous route. A taxi driver there helped me call the police and checked that I was all right.”
Afterwards the driver filed a complaint with the police, who interrogated her about the incident and gave her authorization so that she could file a reimbursement claim with the Tax Authority for the cost of repairing the damage. Since then she has not heard from the police. She simultaneously called Honenu’s headquarters to inform them of the attack.
In his letter to the Jerusalem Police, Honenu Attorney Chayim Bleicher wrote: “On the date of 14.5.20, a terrorist threw a rock at my client as she drove her car on Route 4197 (Abed al-Hamid Shuman Street). The rock was thrown from the bridge spanning the street. The rock hit the front windshield of her car and caused it damage.
“Fortunately, despite the great alarm, the incident ended without bodily injury or loss of control [of the car]. However my client experienced great trauma. A taxi driver who was an eyewitness helped her stop by the side of the street and report the attack.
“Unfortunately, over the past few days we have increasingly witnessed that rock-throwing can kill, all the more so when rocks are thrown from a height at a moving vehicle. I request that everything necessary be done in order to bring the terrorists to trial for attempted murder/throwing a rock at a vehicle with the intent to harm passengers.”
Honenu Attorney Chayim Bleicher requested that the police gather information from the security cameras at the scene of the attack and carry out intelligence activity as needed to apprehend the terrorists. In related news, Honenu recently launched a campaign to put a stop to rock and Molotov cocktail throwing attacks.

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