Jaffa flea market.
(photo credit: REUTERS/Gil Cohen Magen)
A 25-year-old tourist from the US was sexually assaulted in the middle of the
afternoon at a store in the Jaffa flea market this week, Yiftach subdistrict
police said on Thursday.
The woman came to the flea market on Monday
afternoon – when it is typically full of visitors – and entered a store, where
the owner brought her into a corner of the store and assaulted her, while
threatening her, she told police. The man then brought her to the store next
door, where he and a man working there sexually assaulted her, police said
The two suspects, a 38-yearold Ra’anana man and a 44- year-old
man from Holon, were arrested on Wednesday.
The remands of both men were
extended by four days on Thursday by the Tel Aviv Magistrate’s Court. The
Ra’anana man is reportedly a religious father of four, but both men’s identities
are covered under a court-issued gag order.
The attorney for the first
suspect said that the act was consensual, and that he told him that after the
alleged assault, the woman kissed him on the cheek and thanked him. The attorney
also asked why, if it was a sexual assault, did she not cry out for help while
being taken to the second store, which required walking past six other stores on
a street full of shoppers.
In court on Thursday, police said that the
woman issued a police complaint the day after the sexual assault. She had spoken
to relatives who live in Israel, who advised her on how to issue a complaint,
The arrests of the two suspects were made the same day that
the Tel Aviv District Court sentenced Ahmed Bani- Jaber of Nablus to 30 years in
prison for the brutal rape of a 17-year-old girl, whom he assaulted in front of
her boyfriend in the Gan Ha’ir mall parking lot next to Tel Aviv City Hall in