Bedouin car pelted with stones during Yom Kippur emergency
While driving back from the emergency room during Yom Kippur, a family from Rahat was pelted with stones that 'poured down like rain'
Ilana Curiel • Ynet
Although Israeli roads are usually empty on Yom Kippur, there are always some emergencies that demand getting on the road, which inevitably means the risk of having your car pelted with stones. The Al-Huzayil family from the Bedouin city of Rahat, who had to get a 16-year old member of the family to the Soroka Medical Center in Beersheba Saturday morning, experienced a barrage of stones on their way back from the hospital.
The family followed the Magen David Adom paramedics, who arrived at the house to take the teenage girl to the hospital. "The main highway was actually quiet and no one bothered us," Ahmed Al-Huzayil, the girl's uncle who drove the car, told Ynet. "The staff in the emergency room suggested I take a different route back and keep my flashers on – so I decided to drive through the Ramot neighborhood of Beersheba."
While en route at around 4 am, the family was bombarded by stones thrown at their car that shattered the front windshield. "We were very scared. We stopped at a red light, our flashers on, and just felt like we had entered a trap…I've never experienced anything like it."
Ahmed's brother Hassan feels he was the victim of a lynching. "My brothers are still in shock and are grateful to God that nobody was hurt. The girls just started crying." He added that the family gets along well with its Jewish neighbors. "We did not mean to offend anyone. We were merely returning from the emergency room and encountered a group of crazy people. God cannot forgive them for this."
The family said they intend on filing a complaint with the police.