Arabic language signs in east Jerusalem 311.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
A delivery driver who took a wrong turn near Hebrew University in Jerusalem and
ended up in a lynch situation in Issawiya on Sunday evening, recounted the
harrowing minutes before he was rescued by Arab residents.
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Nir Nachson, spoke about his near-death experience in an interview with Army
Radio on Monday.
“It’s hard for me to understand how this could happen
inside Jerusalem – inside my home,” said Nachson.
Nachson was going
towards Ma’aleh Adumim to deliver a package for his delivery company, Cheetah,
when he attempted to make a shortcut near the Hadassah Har Hatzofim Hospital to
Near Hebrew University, his GPS advised him to turn onto
the main road in Issawiya. When he made the turn, an 11-year-old boy saw his car
and started yelling “Al-Yahud,” and a crowd of young people suddenly
materialized and surrounded his vehicle, Nachson said in the
“Dozens of people were throwing blocks and stones and pounding
on the car, from what I remember from all directions,” he said, adding that he
hadn’t even heard of the neighborhood before his ordeal.
Using rocks and
heavy objects, the mob broke through the windows of the car, opened the doors,
and started beating him.
“I didn’t have a lot of options until one of the
residents there – a really righteous person, which I prayed for – decided to
stop them and told me to come with him,” said Nachson. “I have to say at that
moment going with him didn’t seem like the best idea, but I didn’t have any
other options. If I had been there two more minutes we wouldn’t be talking
The man, a mukhtar, or village head, named Darwish Darwish, rescued
Nachson along with the help of his sons, Channel 2 reported.
Nachson to his house where he gave him water and tried to wash his face, which
was covered with blood. A few minutes later Darwish told Nachson that he had to
leave because it wasn’t safe for him to stay there, and brought a car next to
the house, despite Nachson’s pleas for police or border police to accompany him
out of the village.
Three other men promised to defend him against the
crowd, which had already started burning his car, and drove him quickly to the
entrance to the neighborhood where he was met by border police and taken to
Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital, in light-to-moderate condition.
against violence between peoples, not just on the Arab side,” Darwish told
Channel 2 on Sunday evening. “As a nation we need to stand up and say ‘enough
violence!’” Darwish visited Nachsom at his home in Ma’aleh Adumim on Monday
afternoon, after he was released from the hospital.
“I’m sure if we
hadn’t been there, someone else would have come to your rescue,” Darwish told
him, extending an invitation to visit the village again, YNet
Darwish said he hoped Nachsom would not hold a grudge, “because
there are extremists in every place,” he said. He added that his neighborhood
was neglected and that the children were denied basic rights and
“Without going into politics, I know that I owe you my life,”
Nachsom replied. “If you hadn’t been there, I don’t know what would have
A similar incident happened last fall, when a car full of
students from the center of the country got lost near Hebrew University and
found themselves in a lynch situation. They were able to drive through a
makeshift barrier the youth had erected and flee from the area.
spokesperson Shmuel Ben Ruby told the Post
on Monday that the police were still
investigating the incident and had not made any arrests.