The 'Palestinians' show how much they want peaceThe murders of Asher Palmer and his infant son Yonatan, HY"D (May God Avenge their blood) last month were part of a significant increase in stone-throwing incidents in September.
There were 498 incidents of rocks being thrown last month - 33 percent more than the monthly average over the past year. This was the highest monthly total since Operation Cast Lead in Gaza in early 2009.This means that in the last seven years there have been an average of about 10 rock throwing incidents (at cars) per day in Judea and Samaria. What do you think your town would do if there were 10 rock throwing incidents at cars in your town? Do you think it would matter how many 'injuries' there were, or would the broken windows and drivers' fear be enough to get the police to act?
There were 3,484 incidents of rock throwing against IDF forces and against passing cars in the West Bank in the first nine months of 2011 - an average of 387 per month. This is way up from 303 per month in 2010.
But the differences between months are great: For example, October 2010 was the quietest month with 133 incidents, while November and December last year had 290 incidents each. January saw a jump to 474 such incidents.
A senior officer in the IDF's Central Command said that after Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' speech at the United Nations, "There was a large increase in stone throwing, it seems because of his mention of the settlers."
Looking at recent years, there has been an average of 4,066 such incidents a year since 2004, with 2007 being the quietest, with 3,501 incidents. The most violent year in terms of rock throwing was 2005, with 4,371 incidents. But if the present pace continues in 2011, this year will have seen the most incidents.
Despite the detailed numbers provided by the IDF on stone-throwing incidents, police have no data on the number of injuries caused by it. Recently, the B'Tselem human rights group asked the police for information on such injuries, applying under the freedom of information law. In response, the police wrote: "There is no computerized system with the data. The analysis requires an examination of hundreds of documents in every file."
Throwing rocks at cars is not harmless, non-violent or benign.