Jerusalem Court Releases Three Suspects in Beit Shemesh Attack

Forth man's remand extended by two days; the men attacked a woman, smashed her windshield, punctured her tires and doused her with bleach.

Three of four men who were held overnight as suspects in the assault of a woman in Beit Shemesh Tuesday were released on Wednesday after the court determined that the evidence against them was weak.

The Jerusalem Magistrate's Court extended the fourth man's remand by two days. Natali Mashiah was attacked by several ultra-Orthodox men as she was hanging up signs in the Ramat Beit Shemesh Bet neighborhood for work. She was threatened by men carrying rocks and bottles and when she jumped into her car to flee, the attackers jumped on the car, smashed the windshield, punctured the tires and poured bleach on her.

The release of the three on Wednesday renewed calls for the municipality to set up security cameras throughout the city, as Mayor Moshe Abutbul had promised to do last month after the harrassment of women and children near the Orot Banot school got wide publicity.

Haaretz has learned that after Abutbul's announcement, several security companies approached city hall offering their services for free, but were rebuffed. The municipality said this was because the camera installation is being done under the Public Security Ministry's City Without Violence program, which already has a contract with three companies.