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Two Jewish men were assaulted Wednesday in the east Jerusalem neighborhood of
Beit Orot, narrowly escaping with their lives, when a mob of Arab
Israelis shattered their vehicle’s windows with rocks, surrounded the car and
attempted to pummel them.
According to Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld,
the attack took place in the morning, while the men, both in their 20s and
residents of the neighborhood, were driving to work.
“A group of Arab
Israelis began throwing rocks at their car, shattered all the windows and then
surrounded it, threatening both [victims] with grievous harm,” he said Wednesday
afternoon. “The victims stopped the car to notify police, then fled for
While Rosenfeld said neither man was seriously injured in the
attack, both refusing medical treatment, one of the victims sustained a minor
hand injury. In a subsequent Facebook posting, one of the victims, whose
identity will not be published, wrote of the terror he felt during the assault
and criticized the police response.
“When was the last time your legs
trembled in fear?,” the posting began. “When did you last stay awake all night,
afraid someone would burn your house down? When was the last time you saw dozens
of people who wanted to murder you? When was the last time you saw a police
officer running away in fear, leaving you alone? When were you last almost
lynched?” Rosenfeld denied the claim that any police ran from the scene,
insisting officers from the Jerusalem Police and Border Police, as well as
private security guards, arrived to aid the men within 10 minutes of being
Wednesday’s violence comes less than two days after unknown
assailants, in an alleged “price-tag” attack, slashed the tires of 28 vehicles
in the Arab village of Abu Ghosh
, on the outskirts of Jerusalem, and
spray painted the words “Arabs go home” on walls in the village .
Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres promptly condemned the
incident as a contradiction of Jewish values
Rosenfeld said he did not
believe Wednesday’s attack was retaliatory, noting that police are frequently
called into Beit Orot and surrounding areas following such
“Israel Police responds to these types of incidents relatively
often around the area of the Mount of Olives,” he said. “Police and Border
Police officers have stepped-up patrols in that area to prevent future
Rosenfeld said police are actively investigating the attack and
expect to make arrests shortly.
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