Four Tiberias teenagers were charged Tuesday with aggravated assault and battery in an attack on an Arab man on the Tel Aviv boardwalk about two weeks ago. Daniel Karai, 19, and three juvenile males were indicted in Tel Aviv District Court in the assault of Hassan Ausruf, 40, a Jaffa resident who operates a street sweeper for the Tel Aviv municipality.
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The incident occurred at around 4 A.M. on February 24. Karai and his three younger companions had been drinking on the boardwalk when unknown individuals passed by and stole the teens’ bags and their cellphones.
A short while later Ausruf, operating his street sweeper, drove along Herbert Samuel Boulevard, which parallels the boardwalk. The teens, according to the indictment, suspected Ausruf of stealing their belongings and pursued him.
Police say Karai hit Ausruf, broke a bottle on his head and punched him in the face repeatedly while Ausruf was on the ground. Ausruf was admitted to Ichilov Hospital in moderate to serious condition with fractures to his skull nose, jaw, and cheekbones and deep cuts to his scalp, his eyelids and other parts of his face. He was discharged 10 days later.
The three minors told police that Karai was responsible for assaulting Ausruf; Karai denied having even been at the scene of the attack. During a confrontation with the three and with additional witnesses, arranged by police, Karai called them “liars.”
The victim’s wife, Nariman Ausruf, told Haaretz that a group of about 15 people had attacked 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.