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Settler Leader Drives into Palestinian Children

October 8, 2010 - 2:33 PM | by: Reena Ninan

The leader of a well-known settler group, David Be’eri, hit two Palestinian children with his car, after they threw stones at his vehicle. 

Video taken by the Associated Press news agency during the incident shows Be’eri driving into a group of Palestinian youths throwing rocks.  One of the children struck was thrown into the air, hit the windshield, then landed on the asphalt street.

He was taken to Moqassed Hospital in East Jerusalem. He is stable but suffers from head trauma and lower body injuries according to hospital officials.

Be’eri was questioned by police, but was later released.

According to reports he said he feared for his life and wanted to escape the stone-throwers. 

The incident took place in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan, which in recent weeks has been a flashpoint for violence between Israelis and Palestinians.

Silwan is an East Jerusalem Palestinian village where a handful of Jews decided to make it their home.

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