The month of September saw a 33 percent increase in the number of Palestinian stoning attacks against Israeli Jews, according to figures published by the Israeli army.
During the first nine months of 2011, Palestinian stone throwers attacked Israeli soldiers and Jewish motorists in Judea and Samaria (the "West Bank") a total of 3,484 times, or an average of 387 times per month. In September, there were 498 attacks, or at least 16 attacks every day.
The most serious attack occured on September 23, when Arab stone throwers near Hebron caused Asher Palmer to lose control of his vehicle resulting in a crash that killed both Asher and his infant son, Yonatan.
And the attacks have continued. Israel National News reports that over Yom Kippur, a husband and his pregnant wife were greeted by a hail of stones as they raced through the streets of southern Jerusalem to get the expectant mother to a hospital.
With the streets clear of nearly all traffic, local Arab youths quickly set upon the lone Jewish target, confident that most of the police were taking the day off. The couple managed to reach Hadassah Hospital unharmed, but police officers there were reportedly uninterested in their story.
Sadly, the response to the Jerusalem attack is typical of how most people in Israel, and nearly all in the international community view stone throwing against Israelis. But, as the Palmar car crash demonstrated, stone throwing is NOT a peaceful form of protest.
The blog Israel Matzav correctly asked: "What do you think your town would do if there were 10 [daily] rock throwing incidents at cars in your town?"
In Israel, the answer is "nothing."
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