Palestinian Man Moderately Wounded in Fight With Jews in Jerusalem's Old City

Police detains several suspects. Palestinians claim that the man, who was alone, was attacked, while the Jews say he attacked them and hit his head

The injured Palestinian man is put into an ambulance in Jerusalem's Old City, February 14, 2018.
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A young Palestinian man was injured after a fight with a group of Jews in Jerusalem's Old City. Police detained several members of the Jewish group after arriving on the scene and took them to the district police station for questioning.

The incident took place on Hashalshelet Street in the Old City. The Jews say they were attacked and tried to defend themselves, and blame the Palestinian's injuries on a fall which caused him to hit his head. Palestinian sources claim that the man, who was alone, was attacked. The police called the incident a fight.

The Palestinian, identified as Mustafa Mughrabi, is a resident of the Old City. In a video that was shot during the incident, Mughrabi appears to be twitching and bleeding badly from his head and face. He was taken to Makassed Hospital in East Jerusalem by the Palestinian Red Crescent, where he was remains in moderate condition.

Honenu, a nonprofit legal aid group representing the Jews who were arrested, stated that “A group of Jews made their way today to the Old City of Jerusalem, where they were attacked by a number of Arab assailants and were forced to defend themselves. After the incident, the police detained several members of the group at the police station where they are now giving their version [of the events]. One of the members of the group was severely injured in the face and will soon be taken from the police station to the hospital for medical treatment.”

Attorney Yossi Nadav of Honenu said that his clients were “severely attacked by a large number of attackers” and that “their lives were in real danger,” adding that “the assailants will be arrested immediately and the Israel Police will bring the matter to justice.”