Three Jewish men were arrested Wednesday on suspicion of involvement in the assault of two Arab residents of Jerusalem on Friday.
The three suspects are aged 17-22, police said. Their names were not immediately released.
Amir Shwiki and Samer Mahfouz, both 20-year-old residents of the Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Hanina, were beaten unconscious by a Jewish mob that attacked them with iron bars and baseball bats in Jerusalem on Friday evening, according to the Association for Civil Rights in Israel. They were coming from an iftar dinner following the day's Ramadan fast
"A man came from the direction of [the Jewish neighborhood of] Neveh Yaakov," Mahfouz told Haaretz. "He said, 'Give me a cigarette.' I told him I don't have any, and he heard I'm Arab and went away, coming back with his friends, maybe 12 people. They had sticks and iron bars and they hit us over the head."
Last week the Supreme Court authorized the media to identify the prime suspect in the brutal murder of Palestinian teen Mohammed Abu Khdeir earlier this month as Yosef Chaim Ben David, a resident of the West Bank settlement of Adam who was indicted on charges of hitting the 16-year-old boy on the head with a wrench while two accomplices kicked him. Abu Khdeir was then doused in gasoline and set on fire.
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