Druse IDF soldier beaten 'for speaking Arabic' after leaving nightclub

IDF soldier from Daliat el-Carmel badly beaten after leaving nightclub.

February 7, 2015 20:46
Druse IDF soldier Razzi Houseysa in hospital after beating

Druse IDF soldier Razzi Houseysa in hospital after beating. (photo credit: AMIR HOUSEYSA)

Razzi Houseysa, a soldier serving in the IDF's Golani unit, was attacked on Friday night in a nightclub for "speaking Arabic," he says.

Houseysa, who Druse and is from Daliat el-Carmel, was on a vacation from the army and went on Friday night to the Ultrasound nightclub at Kibbutz Yagur. The party at the nightclub was for soldiers only and entrance was only granted when the soldier presented proof of his service.

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After Houseysa left the party, he and his friends went to the parking lot. There, according to him, a group of youth attacked him with rocks and punched him until he lost conciousness. He woke up at Rambam Medical Center in Haifa.

Houseysa's cousin Amir told Maariv Online "his only sin is that he spoke with his friend in Arabic. It cost him a fractured face, surgery and the pain is unbearable," he said. He said Houseysa had not quarreled with anyone at the club and that the party went smoothly and without incident.

His cousin added that the attackers were able to escape.

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