Last month, in the early evening, as I drove on Jerusalem’s Route 1 in
the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, I was attacked by several Israeli boys.
They were about 12 or 13 years old, in religious orthodox dress. They
threw a ball of burning gas into my car while I was stopped at a traffic
light on my way to attend class at the Israeli Institute of
The Israeli police came to the scene to see what the disturbance was
and the kids were still there. Rather than punishing the children and
despite my distress, the police told me it was “only” a Purim toy. They
then asked me to move my car or else they would issue me a ticket.
Passing Arab drivers told me that these boys often harass drivers,
spitting at Arab women and throwing stones at Arab drivers in that area.
The police have done nothing about it.
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