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Terror victim undergoes operation

Updated: Apr 8, 2022

Injured student; Photo credit: Honenu
Injured student; Photo credit: Honenu

Please click here for a list of posts relating to cases in which Honenu provided legal counsel to victims of antisemitic attacks in Jerusalem. Wednesday, April 3, 2019, 10:49 A car-ramming attack occurred near the Jaffa Gate, opposite Teddy Park, on the night of Tuesday, March 26. Two yeshiva students stood on the sidewalk, waiting for the red light to change, when suddenly a car driven by an Arab driver jumped the curb onto the sidewalk and hit them. One of the injured students testified that the driver backed up and tried to run them over again. After he did not succeed, the driver and an additional terrorist exited the car and beat the already injured students, kicked them and then fled the scene. See here and here for more details. On Wednesday, April 3, Avraham Arend, one of the injured students, underwent an operation on his leg. Before the operation, Arend censured the police for their claim that the attack had been an accident: “I am about to undergo an operation. Last week, in a car-ramming attack, an Arab ran over me and my friend. He [the Arab] went into reverse and tried again. After that he got out of the car, they both did, and started to beat us. Then they fled. The police said that it was just an accident, and not a terror attack, and they accused me of having argued with the Arab. We hear that all the time from the media, not from the police.” In conclusion of his statement Arend demanded that the authorities act: “I do not know any more what the police want us to do. We were not doing anything. We were standing and waiting for the light to change and then a car came and knocked us down. They must examine what can be done about this.” Honenu Attorney Chayim Bleicher, who is representing Arend, also leveled criticism at the police: “Avraham is about to undergo an operation after being injured in a terror attack last week. The police apprehended one of the terrorists, and immediately released him, claiming that the attack had been an accident. Avraham is still suffering from his injury. “I do not understand how they can call it an accident. The terrorist [the driver] saw Avraham and his friend on the sidewalk, jumped the curb and ran them over. Then he stopped, and they exited the car, beat and kicked Avraham and his friend who were lying injured on the ground and could not escape. This was a serious attack. We think that the silence of the police and the denial of the attack, the cover-up and the immediate release of the terrorist will give him the opportunity to attack again. “We asked the Jerusalem District Commander and Minister [of Public Security Gilad] Erdan to take care of the matter. We hope that it will be resolved quickly and that the terrorists will be apprehended and investigated. If that does not happen and the silence continues, we will appeal to the High Court of Justice on the matter.”

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