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As I write these words, a Jewish toddler injured in a Palestinian terror attack is lying in a hospital bed struggling for her life.

Shortly after 6 p.m. on March 14, Adwa Biton and her three young daughters were driving along Route 5 near Ariel in Samaria. They were on their way home after the girls had paid a visit to their grandmother when a group of Palestinians along the side of the road began hurling stones at Israeli vehicles.


Our ostensible peace partners scored a direct hit when one of their projectiles struck a truck, which swerved off course and collided with Biton’s vehicle. The car was crushed under the weight of the truck, and it took rescue workers nearly half an hour to extricate the family.

When they did, they discovered that two-year-old Adelle Biton was not breathing and required mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Somehow, they managed to revive her, though she was in critical condition. Her two sisters, six-year-old Naama and four-year-old Avigail, as well as her mother, were all moderately injured.

This horrific incident, which left an innocent child on the brink of death, was nothing less than an act of terror. No bullets were involved nor were any bombs detonated, but that does not in any way make it less cruel or heartless.

After all, when a Palestinian picks up a stone and throws it at an Israeli vehicle, he is not expressing outrage or protesting against some perceived wrongdoing. He is making a conscious decision to grab hold of a potentially deadly object and send it hurtling through the air in order to cause bodily harm.

This is not about a group of kids tossing pebbles on the water at the beach. It is a group of thugs trying to terrorize people and intimidate them from making safe use of the roads. And it must be stopped.

Indeed, in recent weeks there has been a sharp upswing in the number of Palestinian rock-throwing attacks against Israelis, though you would never know it from reading the mainstream press, much of which has spoken vaguely of “growing tension” in the region without bothering to mention the attacks.

At around the same time as the attack on the Biton family, Palestinians near the Jewish community of Eli in Samaria stoned an Israeli vehicle and injured a one-year-old baby boy, causing him light injuries from which he is expected to recover.

And in a third rock attack that same evening, Palestinians stoned an Israeli bus heading to Tel Aviv. When the windows smashed, glass went flying through the air, wounding Aviva Hazan, the wife of a former Likud Knesset Member, in the eye.

This situation is simply intolerable and cannot be allowed to continue. Stone throwing may be low-tech terrorism, but terrorism it most assuredly is. And it is time for the Israeli government and army to treat it as such.

To begin with, Israel should impose harsher sentences on Palestinian stone-throwers and classify their actions not as “disturbing public order” but as “terror.” Likewise, the rules of engagement need to be revised in order to give Israeli troops greater freedom to use force against Palestinians hurling rocks.

And video cameras should be installed along key routes throughout Judea and Samaria in order to make it easier to identify the perpetrators and bring them to justice swiftly.

Such measures will deter Palestinians from taking to the roadside, amassing an armory of rocks, and targeting innocent Israelis. If they know their actions will be taken seriously and punished acutely, they will think twice before engaging in such brazen acts.

Israel must take steps to ensure that those who raise a hand against Israelis, whether holding a rifle or a rock, will be dealt with accordingly.


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Michael Freund is the Founder and Chairman of Shavei Israel. He writes a syndicated column and feature stories for the Jerusalem Post, Israel’s leading English-language daily, and he previously served as Deputy Director of Communications & Policy Planning in the Prime Minister’s Office under Benjamin Netanyahu. A native of New York, he holds an MBA in Finance from Columbia University and a BA from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.


  1. Throwing Stones at Jews is based in Ancient Islamic Ritual: During the Hajj pilgrimage there is a ritual in which pilgrims stone a pillar symbolizing the devil near the holy city of Mecca. Stoning is a form of capital punishment whereby an organized group throws stones at the individual until the person dies. And certainly there have been many stoning attempts followed by deaths of Jews during the years in Judea and Samaria.

    Islamic sermons repeatedly emphasize the connection between the Jews and Satan. What is the proper way to deal with an insolent Jew? To throw stones.

    “Allah commands Moslems to fight the friends of Satan wherever they are to be found. Among the friends of Satan—indeed, among the foremost friends of Satan in the present age—are the Jews.” (Dr. Abdul Halim Mahmoud as quoted by Prof Paul Eidelberg, in "PLO Terrorism and the Grand Strategy", Palestinian Media Watch, March 12, 2001).

    Also within the teachings of the Church, the New Testament draws connections between the Jews and Satan. John 8:44, Revelation 2:9, see v. 13, 3:9).

    Quran, Sura – 18:50 The Cave (Al-Kahf) says: ”We said to the angels, "Fall prostrate before Adam." They fell prostrate, except Satan. He became a jinn, for he disobeyed the order of his Lord. Will you choose him and his descendants as lords instead of Me, even though they are your enemies? What a miserable substitute!” And then Satan was expelled with disgrace from the Group of the Angels and from Paradise.

    New Testament, Revelation 12:7-9 ”And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer. So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him."

    The story of Revelation 12:7-9 is taken from a mixture of verses in the Book of Daniel; some words, as we can see from the cross references, from verses 12:1, 10:13,21 and made in to a subtle story which has no root in reality.

    Daniel 12:1, 10:13,21 is describing the War of Gog and Magog in the end of days, it is about Michael, the guardian angel of Israel, the angel Gabriel and the angel that guides the destiny of Persia, and not a war ”between Michael and the great dragon, called Devil and Satan who was cast to earth.”.

    Christians often point to Isaiah 14:12 as a biblical reference to support their teachings of the final and complete downfall of Satan which brings to an end the long and otherwise successful career of this fallen angel. They argue that Isaiah’s (14:12) mention of the fallen "morning star" refers to Satan.

    Christian Bible, NKJ, Isaiah 14:12 "How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, You who weakened the nations!"

    There are, however, two serious problems with this assertion. First, if Christians maintain that the "morning star" is a reference to Satan, HOW DO THEY EXPLAIN REVELATION 22:16 WHERE JESUS IS CALLED THE ”MORNING STAR" AS WELL?

    "And He (Jesus) said to them, "I was watching Satan fall from heaven like lightning" (Luke 10:18).

    "And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit" (Revelation 9:1).

    "I (Jesus) am he that liveth, and was dead and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen, and have the keys of hell and of death" (Revelation 1:18 KJV).

    Who is Satan?

    The Hebrew word ”satan” may be translated as ”adversary:” And the Lord raised up an adversary (satan) against Solomon, Hadad, the Edomite;.. And God raised up another adversary (satan) unto him, Rezon the son of Eliada,.. And he assembled men around him, and he became commander over a battalion when David slew them, and they went to Damascus and settled there and ruled in Damascus. And he was an adversary (satan) to Israel all of Solomon's days with the evil that was caused by Hadad, and he detested Israel." (1 Kings 11:14,23-25).

    The adversaries would come to chasten and test the House of David, to see if they would remain faithful to God’s Torah (See Psalm 89:20-38, Sam. II 7:14, Isaiah 53:5).

    Throughout the ages Israel and the Jewish people have had many adversaries, but as Psalm 89:24 says: "I shall crush his adversaries from before him (David, Israel), and I shall strike his enemies."

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