Eritrean migrants in Tel Aviv..
(photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)
A Yisrael Beytenu aide who lives in South Tel Aviv says she was assaulted by an Eritrean migrant near her home last week.
Tatyana, who asked not to be identified with her last name for her safety, an adviser to MK Yulia Malinovsky, was walking near her home late Friday night after a meal at her parents’ house, when she saw a black man following her. She was talking to her sister on the phone at the time and recorded the conversation – a precaution she said she takes regularly because she feels the neighborhood has become unsafe in recent years. Tatyana characterized the Hatikva neighborhood where she resides as 80% migrant, 20% Israeli.
“He came up to me and started talking. I told him to walk away but he didn’t, so I said it more aggressively because when a man comes up to you at night his intentions probably aren’t good, but sometimes if you’re aggressive, he’ll understand and leave,” Tatyana recalled. “In the end, he punched me in the temple. I walked away from him and told my sister to call the police, and he caught up with me and punched me in the jaw.”
Tatyana said she began running, screaming and knocking on windows, but no one in the neighborhood came out to help her, and the man “jumped on me with his whole body and I really started to scream, so then he ripped off my necklace and ran off.”
“He wanted to sexually assault me,” Tatyana said.
Because the police had not yet arrived, she ran after the man, coming across two other men who helped her chase him and turn him over to police who arrived within four minutes of her sister’s phone call – though Tatyana said it felt like an eternity.
She underwent a CT scan, which showed slight trauma but no serious injuries.
Three days later, she went to the police station to identify to her attacker, whom she said she recognized immediately. Tatyana called the experience “traumatizing,” and said she hasn’t heard from the police since.
Tatyana said she later found out that residents of the neighborhood did see and hear her, but did not come out to assist.
“I’m in shock,” she said of the bystanders ignoring her plight. “We in Hatikva live in fear, especially women… I’ve lived here for 10 years. In the past, people would have come out right away, but now people are too scared.”
Tatyana’s boss, Malinovsky, posted the recording of the phone call on her Facebook page, pledging to “use all the parliamentary tools I have to bring back the residents’ sense of safety in their homes.”