Jews Arrested on Suspicion of Stabbing Israeli Arab in Jerusalem Last Week

As violence erupted in mixed Jewish-Arab cities last week, a 25-year-old Israeli Arab man was reportedly stabbed in Mahaneh Yehuda ■ A gag order has been placed on the identities of the suspects

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Police car patrolling in Lod, this week.
Police car patrolling in Lod, this week. Credit: Avishag Shaar-Yashuv

The police and Shin Bet security service said Friday they had arrested several Jewish men suspected of stabbing and seriously wounding an Israeli Arab man in Jerusalem last week.

The Shin Bet said the suspects have been brought in for questioning and that a gag order has been placed on their identities.

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As violence erupted in mixed Jewish-Arab cities last week, a 25-year-old Arab man was reportedly stabbed in Jerusalem's Mahaneh Yehuda market. The victim was taken to the hospital in serious condition.

In a separate incident, four Jewish men were charged Friday with assaulting an Arab man in the central city of Bat Yam.  According to the prosecution, witnesses heard one of the suspects chanting "death to Arabs" during riots in the city while he was carrying a metal chain and a knife.

Also Friday, a 54-year-old Arab resident of Jaffa told police she had been attacked in a public park by two young men wearing skullcaps. The woman reported that the suspects had pushed her down and punched her. She was taken to Wolfson hospital to treat minor injuries. Police told Haaretz that they had opened an investigation and collected footage from security cameras in the area.

On Thursday, the Shin Bet and the police arrested multiple suspects in several violent incidents that took place last week across Israel.

Suspects were arrested for the assaults of a Jewish man in the northern city of Acre, a soldier in Jaffa and Jewish man in the Israeli-Arab town of Tamra.

On Monday, an Arab man in his 20s was arrested over his alleged involvement in hurling a Molotov cocktail into a home in Jaffa, seriously injuring a 12-year-old boy. 

Since the beginning of the Gaza operation on May 8, over 1,300 suspects have been arrested in Israel on suspicion of rioting and acts of violence, including 252 minors. Most of those arrested were Arab; 159 were Jewish. The courts extended the suspects’ remand in 543 cases.

District prosecutors were criticized early on for not indicting Jews who had allegedly rioted in cities such as Lod, Jaffa, Acre and Be’er Sheva. However, they began issuing such indictments over the past week.

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