Arab Woman Attacked in Jerusalem in Alleged Hate Crime

Photos submitted to the police by an eyewitness evidently showed young Jewish women attacking an Arab woman at a light rail station; passersby did not intervene.

Yair Ettinger
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Jerusalem police have been investigating suspicions that an Arab woman was a victim of a nationalistically-motivated attack on Monday. The police received photos showing young Jewish women attacking the Arab woman at a light rail station in the capital.

According to the witness who captured the photos, the assailants targeted the woman in the light of day and in full view of passersby, while she and a male companion were waiting for a train at a station near Kiryat Moshe, a neighborhood located at the entrance to Jerusalem.

The witness, Dorit Jordan Dotan, said the victim was minding her own business when she was targeted by a young Jewish woman. The assailant was soon joined by others in the attack while several passengers and passersby looked on in indifference and did not intervene – including a security officer employed by the Jerusalem municipality.

The Jerusalem district police said that no complaint has been filed over the assault, but added that they decided to launch an investigation after the testimony and the photographs were published by the NRG news website. The investigators were expected to go over security footage from the station and to question light rail employees.

On Sunday, a Jaffa resident was attacked by a group of young Jews on the Tel Aviv promenade, sustaining moderate to severe head injuries. "He asked them why they were attacking him and they replied with the utmost chutzpah – 'because you're Arab,'" said the victim's wife.

Arab woman attacked at Jerusalem light rail station on Monday, February 25, 2013.Credit: Dorit Jordan Dotan

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