Police reveal 4 arrested on suspicion of stabbing Arab

Indictments to be submitted against 4 Jewish boys from settlements and Je'lem after Husam Rawidi was murdered in nationalistic attack.

crime scene (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski [illustrative])
crime scene
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski [illustrative])
Police on Wednesday released more details following the arrest of four Jewish 16- and 17-year-old boys suspected of stabbing to death 24-year-old Husam Rawidi in central Jerusalem two weeks ago.
According to police, it is suspected that the attack was nationalistic, Army Radio reported. Two of the boys are residents of the settlements and another two are from Jerusalem.
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Police said they believe the suspects saw the Arab youth walking with his friend and decided to attack him, according to the report. Two other youths joined in on the attack and stabbed them, killing Rawidi.
They said indictments will be submitted against the four boys in the coming days.
This is the second murder at Kikar Hatulot in six months. In late August, an American-Israeli man named Lance Wolf was murdered after he refused to give a cigarette to two teenagers in the square. The two, who had allegedly been drinking vodka purchased at a kiosk in the area, hit him over the head with a wooden plank and fled the scene, and Wolf bled to death. The two teenagers were later charged with manslaughter.
In December, nine Jewish young people were arrested in Jerusalem on suspicion of perpetrating a series of serious attacks on Arab youth in the city’s hangout areas over the previous weeks, Jerusalem police said.