Attackers of Arab doctor in Betar Illit indicted

In order to record the incident, the doctor pulled out a cellular phone and filmed the four.

December 19, 2017 18:39
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A VIEW of Betar Illit in Gush Etzion.

Betar Illit 311. (photo credit: Bet Hashalom/WikiCommons)


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The Jerusalem District Prosecutor has filed an indictment against four Betar Illit residents over the assault of an Arab physician in their hometown earlier this month.

On December 9, Yehudah Swissa, 18, David Zaguri, 65, and his two sons, Yitzhak, 18, and Shmuel, 22, arrived at the Meuhedet medical center in the West Bank settlement of Betar Illit, following an injury of the latter.

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According to the indictment filed on Tuesday, the doctor at the medical center told the four that because Shmuel was not a Meuhedet client, he could only dress the wound and advised them to go to a Terem Emergency Medical Center. When Zaguri realized he would not receive treatment on the spot, he started shouting at the doctor and cursing him.

The doctor pulled out a cellphone to record the incident and filmed the four.

Later on, one of them pushed his hand, and Zaguri was quoted in the indictment document as saying: “You Arab son of a bitch, f*** you… I will throw a chair at you, you son of a bitch.”

At some point, the four started physically attacking the doctor and threw a chair at him. The doctor managed to run inside a room and lock himself inside but the four kept kicking the door and throwing chairs at it.

The indictment added that at this time, Yitzhak Zaguri took a knife from the clinic’s kitchen and threatened a nurse who was present at the scene.

During the attack, the doctor’s hand was broken, and he suffered other wounds as well.

The Jerusalem District Prosecution asked the court to extend the remand of the four until the end of the legal procedures.

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