Israeli Police Arrest Fourth Suspect in Violent Assault on Israeli Arabs

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The three men from Shfar’am who were attacked on the beach in Kiryat Haim, August 27, 2018.
The three men from Shfar’am who were attacked on the beach in Kiryat Haim, August 27, 2018.Credit: Gil Eliyahu

Police on Sunday arrested another suspect in the recent brutal attack on three Israeli Arabs at the Kiryat Haim beach in the north. The 21-year-old suspect is a resident of Kiryat Motzkin and could be moved to a detention center on Monday. He is the fourth suspect to be arrested for the case. 

On Thursday, the Krayot Magistrate’s Court ordered a 20-year-old suspect held for another four days (until Monday), and said he may have been involved in another, similar attack. During the hearing, police mentioned an earlier attack which they think may have been perpetrated by the same young men suspected of the Kiryat Haim attack on the weekend before last.

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The suspect arrested on Thursday, a resident of the Haifa suburb of Kiryat Yam, has a criminal record and was identified by two of the three victims in a lineup. During the hearing, police also showed footage of the attack taken from security cameras on the beach.

The attack took place while the three victims, all residents of Shfaram, were at the beach. One of the victims, Dr. Mohammed Yusifin, a medical resident at Tel Aviv’s Ichilov Hospital, told Haaretz that the assailants came with chains, clubs and knives.

“There were around eight of them,” he said. “They started beating us mercilessly.” He added that one of the assailants approached them to check if they were indeed Arabs before the attack. Once the beating began, the victims were told they had “no right to come here” and should go to “their places.”

The attack ended only when two other Jews intervened, who called the police and the Magen David Adom ambulance service. All three victims were taken to the hospital for treatment.

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