Tel Aviv police on Tuesday night arrested two men they say carried out a series
of racially motivated attacks on African migrants in the south of the city. In a
number of cases, police say the men also robbed their victims.
Wednesday, police said the two men had come in Saturday night to issue a
complaint, saying they had attacked an African man in an attempt to stop him
from harassing a young woman. However, police began to suspect during
questioning that the two men, aged 24 and 21, were trying to cover-up for a
series of attacks they had carried out on African migrants in south Tel
Police secured a search warrant and at their home they found poles
and gloves that they believe the suspects used in the beatings.
arrests came two weeks after a 32-year-old Tel Aviv man was arrested after he
attacked and lightly wounded an African woman on Hagana Street in the Hatikva
neighborhood in south Tel Aviv.
That attack is also believed to have been
racially motivated, though police said at the time that they believed the man to
be mentally disturbed.
Earlier in the year, Eilat police arrested four
men, including a soldier, who they said carried out a series of violent beatings
and robberies of African migrants in the city, during which they used pepper
spray and beat their victims with poles.