Unknown assailants threw a firecracker inside an Eritrean pub in the
Hatikvah neighborhood of South Tel Aviv on Saturday night, causing light
damage and leaving one patron lightly hurt, the pub owner said.
same pub was ransacked during a spree of violence directed at African
migrants after a rally in the neighborhood in late May.
at a discolored patch of the wall Saturday night, bar owner Amineh
Zegeta said that around midnight two people drove up on a motor-scooter
and threw a firecracker inside the bar, before speeding away.
One patron was lightly burned by the firecracker, and the rest fled the bar which began to fill with smoke, Zegeta said.
Police arrived shortly thereafter and told Zegeta to close the bar. Police have opened an investigation into the incident.
the attack on his store after the anti-African migrants protest in late
May, Zegeta said he feared for his life if he stays in the
neighborhood. He also said he has been victim of violence and verbal
abuse from neighborhood residents on a number of occasions before the
night of the protest.
Two weeks ago, a group of Israelis held a
“solidarity party” at Levinsky Park in south Tel Aviv, where they raised
money to help Zegeta pay for the money he has lost as a result of the
attacks on his store.
Since the attacks on him and his business,
Zegeta has said on a number of occasions that he would like to leave
Israel and seek asylum in a different country.
migrants in Hatikva and elsewhere in south Tel Aviv, tell of attacks on a
nightly basis by Israeli youths, often on motor-scooters, who throw
firecrackers or bottles at Africans before peeling off.