(February 5, 2018 / JNS) At least one passenger was lightly injured Sunday night when Bedouins from the village Umm Batin attacked a bus traveling north from Beersheba.
Multiple windows were shattered by stones, while the driver sped forward until reaching a safe area several minutes later. “It has become routine on the roads here in the Negev, it’s just frightening,” the driver told passengers. “The roads are dark and sometimes you feel really helpless.”
In response to the incident, Pini Badash, head of the Omer Local Council, stated, “It’s time for everyone to wake up! Buses are being stoned and only when someone gets hurt do we suddenly care. It’s time for the police to wake up. We demand a police presence on the roads and severe punishment by the courts to create a deterrence. A stone is like a bullet. It kills.”