(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski [illustrative])
A 24-year-old Arab man was stabbed to death on Friday night in Jerusalem when a
fight broke out between Jews and Arabs in downtown Jerusalem, in a popular
hangout area known as Kikar Hatulot [Cat Square] at the end of Hillel Street.
Two other Arab men were lightly wounded in the fight, which broke out around
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Police arrived on the scene and quickly arrested two Jewish men
in connection with the murder, said Jerusalem Police spokesman Shmuel
They suspect alcohol was involved, but have placed a media
blackout on all details of the investigation.
Ben-Ruby said that police
regularly conduct patrols in the area, which has been the site of criminal
activity in the past, but that the fight broke out “in a matter of seconds.”
Police did arrive at the square in time to arrest the two suspects at the scene
of the crime.
This is the second murder at Kikar Hatulot in six months.
In late August, an American-Israeli man named Lance Wolf was murdered after he
refused to give a cigarette to two teenagers in the square. The two, who had
allegedly been drinking vodka purchased at a kiosk in the area, hit him over the
head with a wooden plank and fled the scene, and Wolf bled to death. The two
teenagers were later charged with manslaughter.
The murder victim on
Friday was a resident of Kfar Akeb, an Arab village located northeast of
Jerusalem. The two suspects will be held in detention until at least Thursday.