Stone throwers are not peaceful protesters

Friday, March 15, 2013 |  Ryan Jones

A two-year-old Israeli girl was critically wounded and her mother and two older sisters suffered serious injuries when Palestinian Arab stone throwers attacks Jewish motorists on a highway in Samaria Thursday night.

The assailants hurled large stones at a truck traveling near the Jewish town of Ariel, causing it to swerve into the oncoming lane and slam into the victims' vehicle.

Doctors fought to save the little girl's life overnight, and by Friday morning all four victims were listed in stable but serious condition.

Israeli forces said that "accurate intelligence that was quickly assembled" had led to the arrest of 10 men believed to be involved in this and other stone-throwing attacks overnight.

Local Jewish residents congregated at the scene of the attack overnight and held a prayer rally for the family as an act of protest against ongoing Palestinian attacks in the area.

The Palestinian leadership and the international community typically label stone-throwing as a form of "peaceful" protest against what they call the "Israeli occupation." But, as this and other attacks have shown, stones can kill just as easily as bombs and bullets if directed at the right targets.

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