´Arabs attacked us on Independence Day´ (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Yair Altman Published: 04.27.12, 00:26)
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Tzipi Shukrun recalls brutal attack on her family during barbecue in
heart of Jerusalem; assailants used chains, shouted ´yahud´
Three members of the Shukrun family were hospitalized overnight
Thursday following an attack by a group of young Arabs. Two of the
family members were moderately wounded in the attack, while the third
suffered light injuries.
Police said they are looking into the possibility that the attack was
nationalistically-motivated, but are exploring other possibilities as
"I tried running away with my children and sister, but they kept
coming back to hit us," Tzipi Shukrun told Ynet. "They kids are
The family arrived at a park located in the Valley of Ben Hinnom,
near the Jerusalem Cinematheque, to celebrate Independence Day. "We
wanted to have a barbecue on the grass with my parents. I have three
small children. At around 16:30 a group of Arabs, who seemed to be
about 18 years old, sat next to us. It was calm; there were a number
of Jewish and Arab families near us so we weren´t scared. My kids
played soccer with the Arab children."
But as the Shukrun family was preparing to leave, the teens
approached and began cursing. "My two brothers, my father and another
teenager tried to prevent them from reaching my children. In
response, they took out clubs, chains and a knife and began brutally
attacking the children," Tzipi Shukrun recalled.
She said the assailants yelled out "Yahud (Jew)."
Tzipi said one of her brothers "was struck in the head and began
bleeding, and another one of my brothers suffered a severe blow to
the eye. I called the police but it took them 25 minutes to arrive at
"My brother, who served in Sayeret Matkal (elite IDF unit), arrived
at the scene before the police did," she told Ynet. Police officials
said officers arrived at the scene at 6:22 pm, just seven minutes
after Tzipi Shukrun called.
"I tried to run away with my sister and children, but they (Arabs)
kept coming back to hit us. Luckily, my brothers blocked their path.
It´s difficult to fathom that something like this could happen in the
heart of the capital," Shukrun said.
The family documented the incident with a camera. The photos were
handed over to the police, but investigators have yet to arrest any
Yonatan Shukrun, the brother who was hit in the head, told Ynet
that "eight Arabs, aged 15 to 22, arrived just as we were preparing
to leave. At some point they approached us and tried to reach the
little kids – aged two, eight and 10.
"When we tried to stop them, they took out a whip and a knife and
began hitting us. I was struck with a club. We managed to protect the
women and children, but it wasn´t easy," he said.
Yonatan was later treated at Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital.
In another incident, an ultra-Orthodox man was attacked by two young
Arabs in Jerusalem´s Old City. He did not require medical attention.
Border Guard officers detained one suspect, while the other fled the
scene. (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth Internet 04/27/12)
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