Eyewitness: J´lem brawl was lynch against Arabs (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Noam ´Dabul´ Dvir Published: 08.17.12, 18:36)
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Volunteer for youths at risk says incident in which 18-year-old Arab
man was seriously injured instigated by Jewish teens
Acting Jerusalem Police Commissioner Menny Yitzhaki instructed on
Friday to set up a special investigation team to probe the violent
clash between Arabs and Jews in Jerusalem´s Zion Square. The
incident, which occurred Thursday night, left an 18-year-old Arab man
The police say they plan to indict the suspects, and are looking into
whether the incident had nationalistic motives.
An activist at an aid organization for youths at risk, who witnessed
the event, posted a message on Facebook, claiming that the incident
was more like "a lynch."
"Today I saw a lynch with my very own eyes, at Zion Square in the
center of Jerusalem," she wrote.
"We arrived for our usual volunteering shift at Zion Square and not
more than half-an-hour later, (we heard) screams: ´A Jew is a (good)
soul; an Arab is a son-of-aÖ´. (We saw) dozens of teens running and
gathering around, starting to deliver deadly blows to three Arab
teens who were peacefully walking by," the activist wrote.
"When one of the Arab teens fell onto the floor, they continued to
kick his head, and he lost consciousness... the assailants ran away
and the rest gathered in a circle (around him) and some continued to
shout with hatred in their eyes."
The activist further claimed in her post that when two of the
volunteers tried to resuscitate the injured Arabs, "the crowds were
complaining that they were Arabs and that they deserve it because
maybe now they will be afraid."
A relative of the Arab teen who was hospitalized in serious condition
recounted the event: "We were near Zion Square, and there was a group
of boys who started shouting curses against Arabs. We walked really
slowly because we didnít want any trouble.
"Suddenly, someone approached my cousin, grabbed him and told
him ´what are you doing here you son-of-a-bitch.´ (My cousin) tried
walking faster but the man kicked him in the leg and he fell on the
floor. Then someone said to call the police and they escaped. One of
them hit me in the back. They did it because we are Arabs," he said.
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