Suspect in Brutal Attack on 3 Israeli Arabs May Have Carried Out Similar Assault

The suspect, who has a criminal record, was identified by two of the three victims in a lineup

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

One of the suspects in last weekend’s brutal attack on three Israeli Arabs at the Kiryat Haim beach may have been involved in another, similar attack.

The Krayot Magistrate’s Court ordered the 20-year-old suspect held for another four days on Thursday. During the hearing, police mentioned an earlier attack which they think may have been perpetrated by the same young men suspected of last weekend’s attack.

The suspect, a resident of the Haifa suburb of Kiryat Yam, with a criminal record, 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 suspect’s attorney, Avi Amar, noted that police had wanted to hold him for another eight days, but the court agreed to only four. He acknowledged that the court “said there’s a reasonable suspicion” against his client, but added, “My client wasn’t involved in the attack and I think my client will be released.”

The police said it viewed all acts of violence gravely and would work to bring the full force of the law against the assailants.

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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.” 

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.