Photo Credit: Kobi Gideon / Flash 90
An Arab woman crosses a street as the Jerusalem's Light Rail passes near a mosque, in the northern Jerusalem neighborhood of Shuafat, August 18, 2011.

Arab terrorists attacked the Jerusalem Light Rail in the northern Jerusalem neighborhood of Shuafat on Monday afternoon, hurling large rocks at the train as it passed.

None of the passengers were physically injured but some of the cars on the train sustained damage — not for the first time.

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However, this time Israeli security forces near the scene were able to catch at least one of the attackers. Security personnel arrested a 15-year-old resident of Jerusalem who was caught red-handed and detained the teen for questioning.

Although stone-throwing seems innocuous, the rocks are large, with sharp edges and hurled with deadly force at high velocity, aimed to deliberately cause traffic and other mechanical accidents — intended to kill.

In numerous cases, victims have been seriously injured and in many cases critically wounded. A number of victims have been killed. In the State of Israel, someone convicted of carrying out a stoning attack can face a penalty of up to 20 years in prison, depending on the circumstances.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.