Arab youth arrested after assaulting haredi man in Old City

3 Arab men arrested for attempting to assault Jewish visitors on Temple Mount * Jewish man detained at holy site for openly praying.

March 22, 2015 18:35
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Jerusalem's Old City

A Jewish woman and her child walk through Jerusalem's Old City. (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)

A haredi man in his 20s was hospitalized in light condition Sunday morning after being assaulted near the Jewish Quarter of the Old City by an Arab teenager who had just left the Temple Mount after praying, police said.

According to police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld, the suspect, a 17-year-old Israeli Arab, brutally beat the Jewish man while walking on a main walkway at approximately 10 a.m. and then fled by foot.

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The unidentified victim, he said, was found lying on the ground by police and Magen David Adom paramedics, who provided first aid before transferring him to Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem.

As police searched for the suspect, Rosenfeld said, live surveillance footage from a nearby command center was able to track the movements of the assailant, leading to his arrest minutes later.

Earlier Sunday morning, he said, three Arab men were arrested on the Temple Mount after heckling and attempting to attack a group of Jewish visitors.

At around 7:30 a.m. 30 to 40 Arabs approached the Jewish group, which was being escorted by police, shouting “Allah Akbar,” Rosenfeld said.

“Police intervened immediately, and while they continued to escort the group, three local Israeli Arabs in their 20s attempted to attack the Jewish visitors, resulting in their arrests,” he said.

“At the same time, there was one Jewish man who was removed after not abiding by the rules of the Temple Mount by openly praying.”

Rosenfeld said the Jewish man was released from custody shortly after his detention, adding that police will continue to enforce the status quo on the Temple Mount.

No one was injured in the attack, he said.

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