Israeli family traumatized by near lynching

Friday, October 04, 2013 |  Israel Today Staff

Late last month during the Sukkot holiday, the Bruchi family was viciously attacked during a flare-up of Arab violence in Jerusalem.

While driving through the streets of the capital, the family was set upon by a mob of Arab men and youths who hurled stones and concrete blocs at their vehicle. Naama Bruchi suffered a concussion and two of her children were cut by flying glass as the stones crashed through the windows.

Fortunately, the family was able to escape the scene before further harm could be done. But, as they [told Arutz 7] this week, the trauma remains.

“The children were left with trauma and difficult questions,” said father Assaf Bruchi. “We’re trying to calm them down. My young [4-year-old] son asked me if there are terrorists who are children, and I told him yes, because after all he saw who was throwing rocks at us, and some of them were children.”

Perhaps even more frustrating has been the utter lack of police action. Israeli security forces are often reluctant to deal with Arab attacks in eastern Jerusalem out of fear of sparking even greater violence. As a result, Jews who venture into certain parts of the capital are often set upon with impunity.

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