Two Palestinian boys who were part of a group throwing rocks at a car driven by the leader of a Jewish group were struck and injured in East Jerusalem.
David Be'eri, 57, the director of Elad, was travelling through the Silwan neighbourhood with his son when boys threw rocks at his vehicle. He said he accidentally hit them when trying to escape the assault.
The incident was photographed by journalists.
BBC News reported that Imran Mansur, 11, broke his leg after bouncing off the car and Iyad Gheit, 10, had to have glass removed from his arm.
“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” Elad spokesman Udi Ragones told The Jerusalem Post. “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.”
Mr Be'eri was questioned by police and released on bail. An investigation is ongoing and photos are being used.
Ragones said the incident took place near the spot where an Israeli guard for the Jewish residents shot and killed an Arab resident who was throwing stones about three weeks ago. That incident prompted riots in east Jerusalem, resulting in injuries and arrests.
Elad is a Hebrew which means ‘To the City of David.’ The group supports 62 Jewish families living in the area. It also operates the City of David archeological park.