Arabs punch Jewish youth near Old City Jerusalem

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Temple Mount and Western Wall; Photo credit: Lee Aloni/FLASH90

Tuesday, February 8, 2022, 15:38 In early February, an Arab noticed a Jewish youth walking through the David Street Market, near the main entrance to the Old City of Jerusalem, and punched him in the stomach. The youth was wearing a tallit and tefillin and was on his way to prayers at the Western Wall. There were no grounds for the attack. Currently, Honenu Attorney Chayim Bleicher is demanding that the police immediately locate the suspect, who "constitutes a danger to other citizens". Such attacks have become commonplace in the Old City, unfortunately.

Bleicher sent a letter to the Merchav David Police Station describing the attack:

"Suddenly and for no reason, an Arab jumped out and attacked my client, punching him hard in the stomach. My client suffered a sharp pain and considerable degradation. This was a humiliating antisemitic attack, the sort of which have become an unfortunate reality of life in the alleyways of the Old City of Jerusalem, where Jews feel threatened, intimidated, and subject to the 'mercies' of the local Arabs. The youth was not previously acquainted with his assailant, and there is no doubt that the suspect walking free constitutes a danger to other citizens."

In conclusion, Bleicher demanded that the police immediately detain the assailant, interrogate him, and indict him for an act of terror.

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