Israeli Arab Woman Attacked by Right-wing Soccer Fans Recognized as Terror Victim

The move proves that 'state agencies can, when they want to, treat all citizens equitably,' Nadwa Jabar's lawyer says.

Hagai Aharon / Jini

The property tax authorities have declared Nadwa Jabar, a teacher who was assaulted by right-wing soccer fans in Jerusalem, a victim of a terror attack who will be compensated.

The attack occurred on May 1 when Beitar Jerusalem fans left the city’s Teddy Stadium, where their team had just lost to Bnei Sakhnin, a rival from a largely Arab area up north.

“Despite the difficulties posed by the police, the property tax officials quickly recognized Nadwa Jabar as a victim of a hostile act, proving that state agencies can, when they want to, treat all citizens equitably,” said a lawyer representing Jabar, Eitay Mack.

Nadwa Jabar.
Yossi Zamir, Tag Meir

Mack belongs to Tag Meir, a group that fights racism in Israel. Its head, Gadi Gvaryahu, said he hoped all such attacks would be “addressed equitably by state agencies, as has been the case with Nadwa Jabar. We expect the suspects in this assault to be brought to justice soon.”

On May 1, Jabar was in her car with her two daughters, ages 3 and 6, and an 8-year-old friend. They had stopped at a red light when fans from the Beitar fan group La Familia identified her as an Arab by her head covering.

Jabar says they screamed and cursed at her; some jumped on the car, spat at it and tried to open the doors. They struck the car and broke the headlights.

Jerusalem police opened an investigation and questioned suspects. Jabar, from the largely Arab town of Abu Ghosh near the capital, was also called in for questioning after causing an accident as she tried to flee the assailants.

Her summons was canceled after Mack’s intervention.