Police Arrest Jewish Teens for Allegedly Assaulting Arab Youth in Galilee

Mohammed Mansur was rushed to hospital after a gang of Jewish teens allegedly beat him in Tiberias.

An Arab youth from the Galilee village of Majd el-Krum was injured lightly on Monday night after a gang of Jewish teens beat him with sticks while he was walking along the promenade in Tiberias.

Police arrested eight suspects ranging from 14 to 16 years of age who are believed to have taken part in the assault.

The victim, Mohammed Mansur, was rushed to Poriah Hospital near Tiberias, where he was treated for injuries sustained all over his body.

The suspects were taken into custody after police launched a city-wide search during which they set up checkpoints on main roads and thoroughfares.

The teens will be arraigned on Tuesday morning. Police will recommend that the Tiberias Magistrate's Court extend their remand.

The incident occurred two days after police arrested nine people suspected of assaulting Arab residents of Upper Nazareth and their property. All incidents are believed to be racially motivated.

Seven of the suspects are between the ages of 15 and 18, and two more are 22 years old.

The group is suspected of physically assaulting Arab residents of the city, torching cars belonging to Arabs and trying to set fire to their homes. Police said the investigation has been going on for several months.

The suspects were expected to attend a remand-extension hearing Monday at a Nazareth court.

Northern District Police commander Shimon Koren said police will do everything possible to prevent similar attacks, regardless of religion, race or gender.

Upper Nazareth has a population of 50,000, out of which 10,000 are Arabs. Tensions had escalated in the city during Israel's three-week offensive in Gaza, which ended on January 17.