A firebomb thrown this evening by Palestinian terrorists onto an Israeli car in the Shomron has severely injured an 11 year old girl, Ayala Shapira. Her father was also injured as he attempted to rescue his daughter:
An Israeli driver, Avner Shapiro and his 11 year old daughter Ayala were attacked by Arab terrorists who threw a firebomb at his vehicle Thursday night. The two suffered burns, but managed to escape from their burning vehicle. They were treated on the scene by Magen David Adom rescue workers and taken to the burn center at Tel Hashomer Hospital. The girl is on a respirator and said to be in serious condition by doctors.
The incident occurred on a service road between Maale Shomron and the new community of El-Matan. Ma’ale Shomron is located off Road 55, which stretches between Kfar Sava and Shechem. IDF troops were in pursuit of the terrorists.
Avi Na’im, chairman of the security council in the Local Authority and head of the Beit Aryeh local council, said that “the response to the throwing of a firebomb must be shooting the terrorists with intent to kill. An 11 year old girl on her way home with her father should not be a target.”
In recent months, there have been several rock and firebomb throwing incidents in the area of Road 55, which had been considered quiescent until recently. Several weeks ago, large numbers of IDF troops massed to successfully hold back a mob of Arabs from the neighboring village of Azzun who had attempted to march on Ma’ale Shomron.
This is how it looked when the firefighters arrived:
Via the Times of Israel we see this tweet from the IDF Spokesman:
President Ruby Rivlin also sent his personal wishes:
President Reuven Rivlin tweeted that he was “deeply saddened” and that “our thoughts and prayers for a full recovery are with her and her family.”
Describing the attack, the young girl’s father Avner said from the hospital bed: “We saw him from the top of the road, lighting the firebomb and hurling it.”
The father described how his daughter escaped the vehicle by herself, but was severely wounded nonetheless: “I shouted to my daughter to get out and she was able to do so. We were able by the grace of God to get out of the car, but she was much more seriously wounded than I was. We hope that the hospital staff will be able to return her to her previous state.”
At around 6:30 pm IDF forces, MDA paramedics, firefighters and the police received a call about a burning car, which the report said was hit by a Molotov cocktail thrown by Palestinians. The young girl, who suffers from third degree burns to 30 to 40% of her body, mostly to her face and upper torso, was evacuated to the hospital along with her father, who suffered burns to his limbs.
Avner said that the two were on their way home, and had been travelling on the road that connects Maale Shomron with the settlement of El-Matan, where they live. He noted that his wife underwent a similar attack on the same road last month, when a Molotov cocktail was hurled at her vehicle. Fortunately, she was not wounded, but damage was caused to her car.
The young girl’s mother, Ruth, said: “Ayala is a very special girl. She is an exceptionally smart child, who was on her way home from a program for youth gifted in mathematics at the Bar-Ilan University. They were hit by a Molotov cocktail at a spot where they already threw firebombs at us in the past – that time it was at me, and the only damage was to the car – this time the vehicle was burned to the ground.”
The mother said that she had been able to speak with her daughter after the attack, and that she had told her details of the incident: “The Molotov cocktail fell directly on her and caught fire. She managed to free herself from the car and roll to the floor. If she wasn’t such a resourceful girl, we wouldn’t have been able to have that conversation.”
Professor Eyal Winkler, Director of Plastic Surgery Department at the Sheba Medical Center, said that the medical staff had immediately carried out resuscitation procedures. “There is danger to her life, and teams of plastic surgeons and pediatric intensive care physicians are continuing to treat her. We will make every effort to safely return her in good condition to her family,” Winkler said
Head of the regional firefighters services, Yossi Dahri, told Ynet that “we arrived as quickly as we could and saw the burning car. We evacuated the girl, who had massive burns, as fast as we could.”
Avner described the terrorist as “an enemy soldier, an emissary from the Arab nation“:
האירוע הזה הוא לא אירוע פלילי”, הבהיר אבנר, שמאושפז במצב קל בבית החולים תל השומר. ”האיש שזרק עלינו את בקבוק התבערה הוא לא עבריין אלא חייל של האויב הערבי שנמצא עכשיו במלחמת חורמה נגדנו.“החייל המסוים הזה שזרק עלינו את בקבוק התבערה הוא לא פושע, הוא שליח של העם הערבי ששלח אותו ושולח כל הזמן חיילים שלהם כדי להשמיד את העם היהודי ולגרש אותו מארצו”.Free translation:This incident is not criminal, explained Avner who is hospitalized in Tel Hashomer. The man who threw the firebomb on us is not a criminal but a soldier of the Arab enemy who is now in a war of extinction against us.That particular soldier threw the firebomb at us is not a criminal. He is an emissary of the Arab nation who sent him, and constantly sends their soldier, in order to destroy the Jewish people and drive them out of their country.
Avner is certainly a lot more clear-headed than many of our politicians who seem to know nothing but appeasement. Just today Israel handed back the bodies of the terrorists who killed the 4 Rabbis in Har Nof. Why weren’t those bodies cremated? It would be measure for measure for what they try to do to us, and then we wouldn’t have the dilemna of what to do with terrorists’ bodies or be blackmailed into returning them to a heroes’ burial.
On a personal level, Ma’aleh Shomron is about a 2 minute drive or a short walk from Karnei Shomron where one of my children lives. Ayala Shapira is in the same school year as my granddaughter and they are good friends. They were planning to make their joint batmitzvah in the summer, so she has been a frequent guest at my daughter’s house.
My daughter has been doing her level best to keep her daughter away from the computer and news broadcasts, and thanks Heaven (and her own common sense) that her children don’t (yet) have smartphones, Whatssapp or Facebook. However my granddaughter does know that her friend has been injured in a “pigua” – a terror attack – and has been praying for her, and will sadly no doubt learn all the gory details from her friends in school tomorrow.
Let us pray that Ayala makes a speedy and full recovery so that her batmitzvah can take place as planned together with her friend, my granddaughter.
Please pray for a refuah shlema, a full and speedy recovery, for Ayala bat Ruth.