Palestinians Attack Israelis in PA Town

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KALANDIA - Palestinian residents of Kalandiya attacked two Jewish families who took a wrong turn and entered the town accidentally.

The two families - among them five children aged 11 months to six years - were returning from a Bar Mitzvah when they inadvertently found themselves in the PA-controlled town.

 "A minute after we passed the checkpoint, we saw cars with blue license plates and realized we were in the wrong place," one of them told YNet news.

"We made a U-turn, but then the Palestinians realized we were Israelis. We locked our doors, but my brother-in-law [in the other car] didn't make it on time. They opened his car doors, threw stones and started climbing on his car," he said.

"We couldn't drive toward the exit, but we realized we had to stay in motion," he said.

To keep their bearings, they drove back and forth along the separation barrier, putting the children on the floorboard to protect them as the Palestinians continued pelting the cars with rocks. One smashed the back window, landing on one of the babies' car seat.

"Had the baby still been sitting there, you would have been publishing his picture today," one mother said.

"We prayed. They knew we were there and they waited for us each time we drove past," she recalled.

"They had huge rocks and murder in their eyes. It's not fear. It is crazed horror one cannot imagine. I was afraid they would [try to] yank the kids out of the car," she said.

The families were in communication with Israel Police and a special IDF unit. Finally a gas station attendant helped them find their way out of the village, speaking with the policeman who was in contact with them.

Following the incident, the IDF Spokesperson's Office said the families entered Area B, which is permissible for Israelis, who must stay alert in such areas.

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YNet news contributed to this report.

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