In East Jerusalem, two stone-throwing Palestinian boys were injured after being hit by a car driven by a Jewish settler leader, officials have said. (photo, from bbcimg.co.uk)
Imran Mansur, 11, was thrown into the air and bounced off the car windscreen. He broke his leg. Iyad Gheit, 10, had to have glass removed from his arm.
The car’s driver, David Be’eri, said he accidentally hit the kids when trying to escape the assault.
Journalists were in the area in case of unrest after Friday prayers. They photographed the incident.
Hardline settlers and local Palestinians regularly clash in Silwan, just south of Jerusalem’s Old City.
A Jerusalem police spokesman said: “We have opened an investigation into the driver of the vehicle and we will check all the footage.”
After being questioned by the police, Be’eri has been released on bail.
Be’eri is a well-known right-wing group that supports increased Jewish settlement in the Old City and occupied East Jerusalem. He also is the director of Elad, a settler organisation that runs the City of David in East Jerusalem.
Elad spokesman Udi Ragones told the Jerusalem Post: “His car was surrounded with tens of people with rocks, when they started throwing them, and he hit them when he tried to flee from the area.
“It seems that they were lying in wait and the ambush was planned with rocks. It may have even been a lynch situation. He felt his life was in danger,” he added.