Our above headline describes the events which caused Israeli IDF relief soldiers to fear for their lives, ending in the deaths of 3 Palestinians. As the Times of Israel reports, “the attempted arrest of a terror suspect led to a severe conflagration involving young residents of the Qalandiya camp and IDF troops, during which the soldiers were forced to open fire because they perceived that they were in danger. The soldiers’ claims received validation from an unexpected source, when the various video clips taken by the Palestinian residents of Qalandiya showed the soldiers being pelted with anything people could get their hands on, including bricks and rocks”.
Indeed, rock throwing is common in the West Bank and along with Molotov Cocktail and booby-trapped tire throwing, is an act of terror. These incidents happen daily, and are routinely ignored by the mainstream media, because they don’t seem that serious. The West Bank has already seen thousands of rock throwing incidents in 2013 alone.
Israelis dying of rocks thrown at their moving cars prompted a Tel Aviv District Court ruling in 1999 that damage caused by rocks thrown at a vehicle is considered a hate crime, not a traffic accident.
And yet, violence and death engendered by Palestinian rock throwing only appears to interest the media when it results in Palestinian casualties. A thousand Palestinians Attacking Israeli soldiers? We’re waiting for that headline.