Israeli Youths Who Beat Arab Man Also Suspected in Tiberias Attack

Police suspect that two of the youths arrested for a Purim attack on a sanitation worker from Jaffa are also behind the attack on an Arab man vacationing with his wife at the Sea of Galilee.

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Two of the three youths arrested on Monday for allegedly beating a young Arab man in Tiberias over the weekend were also likely involved in an attack against an Arab man in Jaffa last week. The two youths were transferred for further questioning in Tel Aviv, while the third perpetrator will be taken to Nazareth Magistrate’s Court for a remand hearing.

The victim in the Tiberias attack, a young man from Nazareth, says he was vacationing with his wife on the beach at the Sea of Galilee near Tiberias when the three youths beat him up. He says that they fled immediately after the incident.

The victim required medical treatment and was taken to Poriya Hospital in Tiberias. Staff members at the hospital passed the information along to the Tiberias police station.

After the incident, Tiberias police officers, commanded by Chief Superintendent Avi Danieli, opened an investigation that consisted mainly of intelligence work. The investigation turned up the names of three 16-year-old youths as the suspected attackers.

Last week, a gang of youths attacked sanitation worker Hassan Usraf, 40, of Jaffa, as he was sweeping Herbert Samuel Street in Tel Aviv. A Magen David Adom ambulance took him to Ichilov Hospital, where he was treated for deep cuts on his head and fractures of the skull and near the eye. He was listed in fair to serious condition.

Officers of the Lev Tel Aviv police station began an undercover investigation into the attack. Detectives received intelligence that led them to a group of youths from Tiberias who evidently came to Tel Aviv for a Purim party at a club near the site. In the early morning hours, police arrived at the homes of several suspects and arrested them. So far, four youths have been arrested, and they will be brought to court for remand hearings later in the day. More arrests are expected. Police believe that the attacks were motivated by racism.

Israel Police.Credit: Hadar Cohen

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