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Assaulted worshippers detained

Thursday, January 5, 2017, 10:12 Ten Jews who arrived to pray at Joshua’s Tomb (Kever Yehoshu’a Ben Nun) in the Arab village of Kifil Haras (Timnat Hares), near Ariel in the Shomron on the night of Wednesday, January 4, were assaulted by rock-throwing Arabs. The worshipers summoned security forces, who detained them. According to the report received by Honenu, who is handling the case, the group entered the village, which is in Area B, to which entry is permitted to Israeli citizens, and at some point the Arab started throwing rocks at their cars. The group succeeded in reaching Joshua’s Tomb, entered the compound in order to protect themselves from the rocks, and quickly summoned the security forces. The police who arrived on the scene detained the 10 Jewish worshippers and later announced that they will bring the detainees to a deliberation at the Petah Tikva Magistrate Court. Honenu Attorney Chai Haber will represent them. There has been no report of detainees among the rock-throwing Arabs. Honenu: “The police have again given a prize for terror and detained assaulted Jewish worshippers instead of the Arab assailants. The incident occurred in Area B, to which entry is permitted to Israeli citizens. It appears that the police have decided that it is easier to deal with Jewish worshippers than with rioting Arabs.” On the night of Thursday, August 25, 2016 a similar incident occurred in which 13 worshippers were assaulted near Joshua’s Tomb by rock-throwing Arabs and then detained by police. The Petah Tikva Magistrate Court distanced them from Yehuda and Shomron for 60 days.

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