Fans shout at Betar Jerusalem match 370.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
The Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday indicted a Beitar Jerusalem FC fan
for a racially motivated attack on three Arab Israeli employees of a McDonald’s
restaurant in the city 10 days ago.
According to the indictment, on July
1, Avi Alkaim, 24, joined a group of fellow soccer fans at a McDonald’s in the
Ein Kerem neighborhood, where they gathered outside and began singing anti-Arab
songs and chanting slogans including “Death to Arabs,” “Muhammad was a homo, not
a prophet” and “We don't want any Arabs in Israel.”
An employee named
Tamer Tahah went outside to clean tables, at which point one of the fans walked
up and looked at his name tag, before yelling “There's an Arab right here!” The
fans chased Tahah inside the restaurant, with Alkaim striking him and two other
Arab employees, according to the indictment. He also allegedly began throwing
chairs, causing a glass partition to shatter.
Tahah was lightly wounded
in his right hand, suffered an abrasion to one of his forearms and required
Alkaim faces charges of racially motivated aggravated
assault and battery.
On Wednesday, he was also charged for an incident in
March 2011, in which he allegedly threw a rock at four Hapoel Tel Aviv FC fans
sitting in a car at Malha Mall, not far from Teddy Stadium in
Prosecutors asked that Alkaim be kept on house arrest until
the end of his trial.
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