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Violent Sheikh Jarrah demonstration documented

Updated: Jun 12, 2022

Please see here a list of posts relating to cases in which Honenu provided legal counsel to victims of antisemitic attacks in Jerusalem.

Salah Diab; Photo credit: Honenu

Sunday, May 9, 2021, 19:36 Honenu director Shmuel (Zangi) Meidad filmed Salah Diab, one of the leaders of the Sheikh Jarrah-Shimon HaTzadik demonstration, and dozens of other Arabs rioting and throwing rocks at Jews in the neighborhood on Thursday, May 6. Meidad came to the Jerusalem neighborhood to strengthen the Jewish community at the site following the violent attacks on them during the past few days. In light of the documented attack, Meidad filed a complaint with the police and transferred the videos incriminating Diab and many other rioters to the police. The following day (Friday) Honenu Attorney Chayim Bleicher wrote an urgent letter to the Jerusalem District Commander, Major-General Doron Turgeman, and Chief Superintendent Ronen Hazut, Commander of the Shalem Police Station, demanding that Diab be detained immediately. In his letter, Bleicher noted that previously Diab was indicted for aggravated assault on a Jewish resident of the neighborhood and served eight months in prison. “The danger Mr. Diab poses is clear and is evidenced by both from the current rock-throwing and his criminal record.” Jewish residents of the Shimon HaTzadik neighborhood, who have been experiencing an unprecedented wave of rioting by Arabs and anarchists in recent days, say that Diab is a dominant figure in inciting the riots. Bleicher demanded that the police immediately arrest Diab, file an indictment against him for throwing a rock at an individual with the intent to harm him, a crime which carries a penalty of 20 months’ imprisonment, and remand him until the end of proceedings. On Friday afternoon, the Israeli Police did detain Diab. On Saturday night, after Shabbat, the Jerusalem Magistrates Court extended his remand until Monday.

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