With tensions still simmering in south Tel Aviv following last week’s race
riots, the district attorney charged 10 minors on Thursday with racially
motivated attacks on African migrants and their property.
the indictment, filed in the Tel Aviv District Court, the defendants organized
and carried out several attacks against Sudanese and Eritrean nationals in the
Hatikva neighborhood, as acts of revenge following media reports about criminal
offenses carried out by Africans.
Ten of the defendants are charged with
physically attacking migrants, while an 11th teenager was charged with damaging
property for racially motivated purposes.
The defendants, who cannot be
identified because they are minors, are charged with conspiracy to commit a
felony (aggravated assault), aggravated robbery, aggravated assault, aggravated
bodily harm and breaking and entering.
The district attorney decided to
attach the aggravating factor of a racist motive to the offenses, which doubles
the maximum penalty for each offense. The decision was based on evidence
gathered by the police, the district attorney said, which proves a racist motive
The defendants allegedly attacked migrants at random, as
they passed them by on the streets, sometimes with improvised weapons such as
wooden planks and iron chains.
In some cases, the indictment said, the
defendants even plundered property belonging to African migrants.
of the attacks allegedly occurred near the market in Hatikva, where the
defendants attacked African migrants with planks and clubs. In two cases, the
defendants are alleged to have stolen bicycles from the African migrants they
In another incident near the Beit Dani community center in
Hatikva, the defendants attacked an Eritrean man with wooden planks, stones and
an iron chain, the indictment said.
The gang allegedly beat the Eritrean
man around the head and other parts of his body.
After the attack, the
victim was rushed to hospital in an ambulance, where doctors treated him, the
The minors allegedly attacked another African man near
the Hatikva public park, beating him with a motorcycle helmet, a golf club and
an iron chain.
On another occasion, the defendants broke into an African
migrant’s store and stole goods worth around NIS 2,000, the indictment
Some of the defendants allegedly also broke into another store and
stole the cash register.
Prosecuting attorney Moran Lavie asked the court
to order the remand of some of the defendants and to impose strict house arrest
conditions on the others, arguing that they had chosen to take the law into
their own hands and attack their victims at random based on their ethnic
The defendants carried out the alleged violent offenses with
cruelty, even using weapons on some occasions, Lavie argued to the court.