Five Arab teens from Jerusalem, all aged 14-15, have been indicted for an anti-Semitic attack targeting a Jewish family’s home in the Old City.
The youths are accused of property damage motivated by racism, attempted assault motivated by racism, and rioting.
According to the indictment, the youths met on September 27, 2013 and agreed to throw stones at a home in the Old City solely because its residents were Jewish. They immediately launched a mob attack on the home while the Jewish family – parents and eight children ages 3-15 – were inside.
A group of roughly 10 Arab teens approached the family’s home with their faces covered. When they reached the house, one of the teens smashed two bricks, and the group began hurling a barrage of stones toward the home.
Two of the teens attempted to break down the door to the home. The rioters also attempted to set fire to the area by spilling trash next to the home and lighting it.
When they failed to set the trash on fire, one made a more direct attempt to burn the home down with the parents and children stuck inside by setting fire to a cardboard box next to the front door. The door did not catch fire.
Damned Zionist door!
A mob attack on a highway near Jerusalem earlier this week has led Jewish activists to take to the streets. Several organizations are coming together to protest the attack, and similar highway terrorism, on Friday morning near the site of the attack.
Rabbi Yaron Dorani, the rabbi of the town of Nokdim, urged Israelis to join Friday’s rally.
“There’s no need to explain the danger in rock attacks, and the effect they have on people’s sense of personal safety,” he said.
The rock attacks are just part of a larger issue, he noted. “In recent weeks, Arabs have been trying – with significant support from extreme-left groups – to take over agricultural lands near our towns,” he warned.
Five people were wounded earlier this week in the violent attack which triggered the demonstration. One of the victims, Rabbi Kfir Getz, spoke to Arutz Sheva as he was taken to hospital. He told of the “murderous hate” in his attackers’ eyes, and said that only a miracle saved him from further harm.
IDF sources confirmed that roughly 50 people from the nearby Arab town of Beit Sahour took part in the attack. According to Rabbi Getz, the mob included several women and children.
What on earth would incite these Arabs—especially children—to launch pogroms against Jews? I can’t imagine.