Arab Woman Attacked by Jewish Soccer Hooligans Called for Questioning Because She Hit a Car Mid-flight

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Beitar Jerusalem fans at the club's Teddy Stadium, May 2015.Credit: Nir Keidar

Police have summoned a woman attacked by thugs outside Teddy Stadium two months ago for questioning, because she hit a car while fleeing her assailants.

On May 1 dozens of angry Beitar fans poured out of the soccer stadium after their team had lost the match to Bnei Sakhnin. They saw Nadwa Jabar sitting in her car, at a traffic light. Jabar’s two daughters, aged 3 and 6, and their 8-year-old friend were sitting in the back.

The fans identified Jabar as an Arab by her head cover and attacked her with screams and curses. Some of them jumped onto her car, spat at the girls and tried to open the doors. They bashed the car and broke its headlights.

Jerusalem police called a number of suspects for questioning. 

Jabar has also received a summons for investigation due to a traffic accident she caused while trying to flee the scene in her car.

“Calling my client for investigation is scandalous,” Jabbar’s attorney, Eitay Mack, wrote to the police traffic investigator. “This is an illegitimate attempt to turn my client from a victim to a felon and reduce the gravity of a serious Jewish chauvinist crime in the heart of Jerusalem.”

Gadi Gvrayahu, head of the anti-racism group Tag Meir, said “summoning for investigation a woman who had been violently assaulted in her car with her children, solely for being an Arab, is part of the police’s practice of turning a blind eye and not taking action against the real suspects of racist attacks on non-Jews nationwide.” He said such attacks take place about once a fortnight, on average.

The police said in response that they haven’t opened any file against the teacher. 

“Another person, who is not related to the incident, filed a complaint and demanded to find the driver who had hit his car. The police have a duty to serve everyone and called the plaintiff to verify her involvement before passing her details to the insurance company.”

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