Conflict & Justice

Three children arrested in Israel taxi attack


Protesters shout slogans next to a pile of burning tyres during a demonstration against the expropriation of Palestinian land by Israel in the village of Kafr Qaddum, near the West Bank city of Nablus.


Jaafar Ashtiyeh

Three children have been arrested for allegedly throwing a firebomb at a Palestinian taxi in the West Bank and injuring six people, two seriously. 

The children, aged 12 to 13, are from the Israeli settlement of Bat Ayin south of Jerusalem, BBC News reported

The attack targeted a Palestinian family from Nahalin village who were traveling to the supermarket in a bright yellow cab, which designates Palestinian taxis, Agence France Presse reported.

The attack, which happened two weeks ago, came just hours after several young Palestinians were beaten up by a mob in Jerusalem, the Washington Post reported, and has raised questions about racism and morality among Israeli youth. 

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the US State Department, and other Israeli leaders have all condemned the fire bombing, the Associated Press reported

Deputy Prime Minister Moshe Yaalon denounced both of the recent assaults  as "terrorist attacks," saying that they "constitute first and foremost an educational and moral failure," the Post reported. 

Roughly 500,000 Jews live in over 100 settlements, which were built after Israel's occupied the West Bank and East Jerusalem in 1967. Under international law, they are considered illegal, BBC reported. 

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