An Israeli Jewish infant was nearly killed on Sunday morning when a Palestinian youth hurled a large stone through the windshield of the car in which the baby was traveling.
The baby's father told Israel National News that the whole family was in the car driving through Samaria when the attack occurred.
The stone smashed through the front windshield and landed just inches from the child. "I do not even want to think what would happen if the rock had hit the baby," the distressed father told Arutz Sheva Radio.
The family's two other young children were also in the car.
Israeli soldiers stationed nearby initially closed the road and launched a manhunt for the perpetrator, but were forced by Israeli police to abandon the search.
Israeli residents of Judea and Samaria (referred to as "settlers") often complain of misbehavior by a police department that is unsympathetic to the dangers they face while living in an area claimed by the Palestinian Arabs. In other words, the police hierarchy leans to the left, and is generally "anti-settler."
Perhaps even more frustrating is the complete lack of mainstream media coverage of such attacks, which have been happening with much greater frequency of late. Unless someone is killed or badly injured, roadside stone-throwing attacks against Jewish motorists are ignored.
Of course, there is little doubt that were the roles reversed - if Jewish youths were regularly attacking Palestinian motorists - the mainstream media, both local and international, would be all over the story.
The ongoing and escalating stone-throwing attacks again speak to the general lack of education toward peace among the Palestinian Arabs. A few years ago, authorities in Jerusalem debated how to bring a halt to such attacks, particularly in the capital. Some argued for harsher punishments for the youthful perpetrators, but others insisted that until the parents taught their children to stop being violent, the phenomenon would continue.