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Terrorist's brother attacked Tal Yoshvaev

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Tal Yoshvaev; Photo credit: Honenu

Monday, May 2, 2022, 14:20 The brother of the terrorist charged with setting Tal Yoshvaev's house and car on fire in the Shimon HaTzadik neighborhood of Jerusalem attacked Yoshvaev this morning (Monday). The attack follows recent serious threats to and harassment of Yoshvaev by the brother. Honenu Attorney Chayim Bleicher, who is assisting Yoshvaev, sent a letter, summarized below, on his behalf to the Israel Police, demanding the immediate detention of the assailant, who is identified by name.

Summary of the letter:

The assailant, who has a criminal past, was detained on suspicion of setting Yoshvaev's car on fire, but released due to lack of evidence. Last week, during a hearing on the remand of the assailant's brother, who is suspected of torching Yoshvaev's car and charged with aggravated assault in an act of terror and arson as a terror attack, the assailant threatened Yoshvaev: "Just wait. My brothers are waiting for you outside." The courthouse security guards intervened and distanced the assailant from Yoshvaev. However, when they returned to the neighborhood, the assailant continued to curse Yoshvaev.

Honenu Atty. Bleicher; Photo credit: Honenu

This morning, when Yoshvaev was strapping his children into their car seats, the assailant approached him, cursed him, and threatened him. Police forces at the scene distanced the assailant from Yoshvaev. However, later in the morning, the assailant cursed and threatened Yoshvaev when he left his house to throw out the trash. The assailant, who was riding a moped, then punched Yoshvaev in the head. The assailant's father noticed the incident, grabbed his son and stopped the attack. Yoshvaev called the 100 emergency police number and reported the incident, which occurred in an area equipped with security cameras.

I [Honenu Attorney Bleicher] demand that the police immediately detain the assailant. The series of violent incidents indicates his dangerous intentions.


Since Operation Guardian of the Walls, the Yoshvaev family has suffered close to 20 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 . In February, the police closed off the home of the Yoshvaev family to guests and visitors, including workers who were needed to repair arson damage. The barriers were removed in March in light of a petition to the High Court of Justice.

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