Police Arrest Four Suspects in Jerusalem Rock Attack

Condition of two-year-old, injured when car was stoned, improves; police suspect act was nationalistically motivated.

Police arrested early Friday four Palestinians who were suspected in a stone attack that injured a two-year-old toddler riding in a car in Jerusalem the previous night, Israel Radio reported.

The girl, Avigail Ben Zion, sustained moderate injuries but her condition has since improved, the report said on Friday.

Chief of the pediatrics ward in Ein Karem's Hadassah University Hospital, Doctor Eitan Kerem, told Israel Radio that doctors are hopeful the infant will make a full recovery and that no irreparable damage was caused.

The incident took place on Asher Viner Street in the capital, at the entrance to the Armon Hanetziv neighborhood. The area is located on the Green Line, near the village of Sur Baher.

The four persons arrested are all residents of Sur Baher, in East Jerusalem.

Police estimate that the attack was nationalistically motivated. They will be brought for a remand hearing before the Jerusalem Magistrate's Court on Friday.

After the incident, police arrested four demonstrators who shouted slurs against Arabs in central Jerusalem on Thursday evening.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said following the attack that Israel's security forces "will find these criminals and bring them to justice." Speaking at a Hanukkah candle lighting ceremony at the Western Wall, Netanyahu added that "the first thing I would like to do on this evening is to wish a speedy recovery to the little baby who was wounded by criminals here in Jerusalem."

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat visited the toddler's family. "It must be made clear that a rock is a weapon, and should be treated as such," he said.