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Shimon HaTzadik attack victim demands GSS investigation


Honenu Atty. Bleicher; Photo credit: Honenu

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Monday, February 21, 2022, 17:55 David Leiber was injured in a terror attack in the Shimon HaTzadik neighborhood of Jerusalem when he and his friends came to support the Jewish residents after the Yoshvaev family's house was torched. Leiber is still hospitalized at Sha'arei Tzedek Hospital, where he underwent several complex operations. He is demanding that the GSS investigate the incident, especially because the sole suspect detained in the case was released several days after his detention. On behalf of Leiber, Honenu Attorney Chayim Bleicher sent a letter – summarized below – to the police describing the attack and demanding that investigation of the case be given top priority.

Summary of the letter: On 12.2.22, in the evening, my client was moderately injured when he was run over in an attack in the Shimon HaTzadik neighborhood. At the time of the attack there was friction between Jews and Arabs in the neighborhood, which had developed in light of rock and Molotov cocktail throwing at Jews who came to support residents of the neighborhood whose house had been torched several days previously. My client was at the site, watching the incidents, when suddenly a car came up behind him, intentionally hit him forcibly, and dragged him five to ten meters along the street.

As a result of being hit, my client was moderately wounded, evacuated to the hospital, and as of the writing of these lines is still hospitalized. His legs were severely injured, and he requires many operations and other treatments. One suspect was detained. He was interrogated by the police, then later released to his home due to difficulties during the interrogation.

There is a suspicion that this was a terror attack of the most serious type. And therefore the case must not be handled as a regular investigation with only basic means. The investigation of the incident must be given top priority. I urgently request that the investigation of the attack be transferred to the special task force of the regional unit and that the GSS be involved.

Since Operation Guardian of the Walls, the Yoshvaev family has suffered 17 acts of terror including nine vehicular arson attacks, two Molotov cocktails thrown at their house, an array of fireworks launched at their yard, and many bottles of paint thrown at their car. For more details, see here and here .

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