Death of Adele Biton

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The Death of Adele Biton
Part of the Israeli–Palestinian conflict
Adele Biton Funeral. February 18, 2015
Location Near Kif el-Hares, West Bank
Date 14 March 2013
Attack type
Attack on vehicle with 4 passengers
Weapons Projectiles (stones)
Deaths 1
Perpetrators Five Palestinians[1]

The death of Adele Biton occurred on 17 February 2015[2] as a consequence of a March 14, 2013 Palestinian stone-throwing attack caused the civilian vehicle in which the infant Adele was riding to crash.[3][4][5][6]


On the 14 March 2013, Adele, with her mother Adva and two sisters, Avigail and Naama, were in a car driving on Route 5 between the Israeli settlement of Yakir and Tel Aviv,[7] where the family had visited a grandmother. The Biton family were driving on Route 5 towards Tel Aviv.[7] Palestinians were throwing stones at vehicles on the road at the time.[8] They were targeted by rock-throwers, and the car spun out of control and smashed into a truck which was parked on the side of the road, having stopped for similar reasons.[7] The first health aide to arrive on the scene was a Palestinian volunteer paramedic, Muawiya Qabha, an Arab-Muslim volunteer paramedic, who gave immediate assistance. Soon afterwards he was joined by an Israeli doctor who happened to be driving by, who examined Adele and pronounced her clinically dead. Qabha, convinced he could save her life, continued to work on her, and after a considerable time, the girl began to respond. The child had suffered severe head injuries as a result of the crash and was hospitalized at the Rabin Medical Center's Schneider Children's Medical Center for emergency surgery. She remained semi-comatose for two months, and was released to return to the family home.[9]

Adele never recovered from her injuries.[7] According to the New York Times, Adele, "Biton, became a potent national symbol of the dangers that stones can cause".[10] According to New York Times reporter Jodi Rudoren, Adele was "among the victims who become somewhat iconic... Many, many articles were written about her."[11]

Biton is remembered as one of a long series of people injured and killed as a result of Palestinian rock-throwing at passing vehicles.[12] Others who have suffered the same fate include Esther Ohana, a 20-year-old girl who was driving to her wedding rehearsal when she was murdered, eleven-year-old Chava Wechsberg, and Asher Palmer, a young father murdered along with his eleven-month-old son.[13]According to historian Rafael Medoff, 14 people have been killed by Palestinian stone throwing, including 3 Arabs mistaken for Jews by the rock throwers.[14]


5 Palestinian teenagers, Muhammad Mahdi Suleiman,Tamer Ayyad Ahmad Souf, Ammar Abd al-Nayif Souf, Ali Yassin Ali Shamlawi and Muhammad Jumaa Muhammad Kleib, from Kfar Haras were arrested for throwing the rocks that caused the crash.[15] They were charged with having thrown stones on that road that day. 20 drivers driving on that route during the day later filed insurance claims for damages to their vehicles, but no eyewitnesses, according to Ma'an News Agency, were forthcoming, and no police station received complaints at the time. All five eventually confessed but retracted their statements in court, stating that their admissions had been extracted after repeated abuse under interrogation. In December 2015, all 5 were sentenced to 15 years in prison and fined $7,700.[16]


  1. ^ "Toddler dies two years after stone-throwing incident left her critically injured". Haaretz. 17 February 2015. 
  2. ^ "Hundreds attend funeral for 4-year-old terror victim Adele Biton". Ynet. 
  3. ^ Ross, Adam (15 October 2013). "Mother of Adelle Bitton: Prayers Work!". Arutz Sheva. Retrieved 3 November 2014. 
  4. ^ Newman, Marissa (10 April 2013). "Wounded 4-year-old to remain hospitalized". Times of Israel. Retrieved 3 November 2014. 
  5. ^ Newman, Marissa (13 February 2014). "Mother of injured toddler faces assailants in court". Times of Israel. Retrieved 3 November 2014. 
  6. ^ "Adele Biton dies at age four". Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Retrieved 20 September 2015. 
  7. ^ a b c d Levinson, Chaim (17 February 2015). "Toddler dies two years after stone-throwing incident left her critically injured Adelle Biton never fully recovered from attack". Haaretz. Retrieved 22 February 2015. 
  8. ^ Levinson, Chaim (14 March 2013). "Israeli Infant Critically Hurt in Traffic Accident Caused by Stone-throwing Palestinians". Haaretz. Retrieved 27 September 2015. 
  9. ^ "Toddler injured in terror attack fights for her life". 
  10. ^ Rudoren, Jodi (17 February 2015). "Israeli Girl Injured in Palestinian Rock-Throwing Attack in 2013 Dies". New York Times. Retrieved 22 February 2015. 
  11. ^ Hollander, Rikki. "The Death of Adele Biton and The New York Times' Justification of Lopsided Reporting". Retrieved 22 February 2015. 
  12. ^ Freund, Michael (24 September 2015). "A country held hostage by lawyers". Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 25 September 2015. 
  13. ^ Stephen M. Flatow,'For victim Adele Biton, Palestinian rock-throwing is murder, not ‘resistance’, New Jersey Jewish News, February 20, 2015.
  14. ^ Rafael Medoff, 'Baltimore ‘riot mom’ needed in Jerusalem,' 3 May 2015
  15. ^ Harel, Amos (24 March 2013). "Five Teens Arrested for Stoning Car, Critically Injuring Baby". Haaretz. Retrieved 27 September 2015. 
  16. ^ 'After 2 years behind bars, 'Hares boys' sentenced to 15 years,' Ma'an News Agency 19 December 2015.