two minors, were arrested on Tuesday for carrying out attacks on Africans in
south Tel Aviv.
In two cases, the victims were Ethiopian Jews, including
one who was beaten and robbed of his cellphone in an attack that took place on
the night of April 2. That victim was hit in the head and was hospitalized,
though in the rest of the cases the victims were lightly hurt and did not need
medical treatment, police said. It was not the first time an Ethiopian Israeli
reported being attacked physically or verbally by people who mistook him for a
Altogether, police on Tuesday arrested five youths, including
two boys aged 17 and three men aged 21, 19 and 18. The first four were taken for
a remand extension on Tuesday and will stay in custody until at least
The 18-year-old suspect was to be brought for a remand hearing
on Wednesday evening.
None of the suspects is a soldier.
said they made the arrests after they received a tip.
It was unclear what
drove the suspects to attack their victims, whether it was because of racism, or
because they wanted to commit general mayhem and assumed foreigners would be
less likely to go to police.
The attackers chose their victims at random,
focusing on those they believed to be African migrants, police said.
January, Eilat police arrested a group of four local males, including a soldier
and a minor, who they said were linked to attacks and robberies of African
migrants in the city over a period of two months.
In that case, all of
the victims were robbed and required medical treatment. Following the arrests,
police released a photo taken in the suspects’ car that showed a metal pole,
pepper spray, a screwdriver, a knife, a chain and gloves, all of which they said
were used in the attacks. The four suspects were indicted earlier this year and
their trial is ongoing.
African migrants in south Tel Aviv have
complained for at least a year that they are victims of periodic violence and
harassment by Israelis. They say they are often unwilling to report the crimes
because they are in the country illegally and could find themselves in a
detention facility if they involve themselves with police.
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