Jewish Youths Allegedly Attack Arab Man in Tel Aviv

40-year-old Jaffa resident was beaten with glass bottles early Sunday morning; victim's wife says attacking youths claimed 'Arabs are taking over the country.'

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A 40-year-old Jaffa resident was allegedly attacked early Sunday morning in Tel Aviv by Jewish youths and sustained serious wounds to his head. The attack, which occurred on Herbert Samuel Street around 4:00 A.M. after the victim, Hassan Ausruf, 40, had gone out to work. Ausruf operates a street-cleaning vehicle for contractor cleaning company. When Ausruf stopped his vehicle to fill its water tank, a group of youths assaulted him.

Ausruf's wife, Nariman, told Haaretz that a group of about 15 people started to bully and attack Hassan without provocation. "He asked them why they were attacking him and they told him with utmost chutzpah 'because you're Arab,'" Nariman told Haaretz. "They attacked him with whatever they could get their hands on, bottles and shards of glass and they inflicted serious wounds to his head and in one of his eyes." She added, "At some point he managed to escape with his entire face covered in blood and reached a friend where he collapsed."

A Magen David Adom ambulance took Ausruf to Wolfson Medical Center in Holon where he was treated for deep cuts to his face and fractures to his skull and the region surround one of his eyes. "There's no doubt that he was saved by a miracle," said Nariman. "We have lived in this city for decades and we have never encountered this kind of violence and racism. They simply beat him because he is Arab and told him that Arabs were trying to take over the country."

Tel Aviv Police have opened an investigation into the incident. Police stated that the group that attacked Ausruf was dark-skinned and it is believed that they were a group of Ethiopian-Israelis that left a Purim party. Police also stated that no suspects were arrested at the time of this report.

Hassan Ausruf in Tel Aviv's Sourasky Medical Center, better known as Ichilov Hospital.Credit: Daniel Bar-On

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