Reprisal Attacks Against Arabs Reported in Jerusalem

Police investigating number of assaults as tensions rise between Jews and Arabs in capital.

Nir Hasson
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Israeli teens in Jerusalem's Zion Square.
Israeli teens in Jerusalem's Zion Square. Credit: Emil Salman
Nir Hasson
Nir Hasson

Since the discovery of the three Israeli teens' bodies on Monday, tensions have been rising between Jews and Arabs in Jerusalem with several assaults reported overnight.

On Monday evening a spontaneous vigil was held in Zion Square, where people lit candles, prayed and sang. Yet on the sidelines of the vigil groups, young people gathered and began marching through the center of town yelling "Death to terrorists" and "Death to Arabs." Most of these groups dispersed before any violent incidents occurred, mainly because many Arab workers were away for Ramadan. However, several assaults were reported overnight.

Police detained a 17-year-old boy, who was suspected of attacking an Arab taxi driver with tear gas on Shivtei Yisrael St. in Jerusalem. A separate case found a young Arab hospitalized in light condition, claiming he was attacked by a number of Jewish youths on Queen Shlomzion St. in Jerusalem. Police opened investigations into both cases.

Also on Monday night, police apprehended young Jew in his 20s spray-painting "Kahane was right" on a road sign on Route 38. Police found several cans of spray-paint in the youth's possession, and he was subsequently detained.

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