Yeshiva students attacked in Talpiot
Please see here a list of posts relating to cases in which Honenu provided legal counsel to victims of antisemitic attacks in Jerusalem. Sunday, May 9, 2021, 12:24 On Friday, April 23, at night on Shabbat. Y. and his friend, both students at Yeshivat Har HaMor, were walking through the Talpiot Industrial Zone in Jerusalem on their way to the yeshiva. Suddenly an Arab assaulted them. Honenu Attorney Chayim Bleicher, who is representing Y., sent a letter to the Moriya Police Department describing the incident and demanding that the assailants be apprehended. The content of the letter is as follows: When Y. and his friend were walking on HaOman Street an Arab terrorist jumped out in front of them and threw rocks at them. Then he pulled off his belt, chased them, and threw a large rock at them. Y. and his friend fled to a nearby gas station, but the terrorist circled it and prevented them from escaping. After a while, the two students succeeded in leaving the gas station but then they encountered two more terrorists, who had apparently been called to the site by the first one. The two students separated in an attempt to flee the assailants. Y.’s arm was injured by a rock that was thrown at his head. Because he is Sabbath observant, he did not have a cell phone on him and could not call the police. He decided to flee towards the Beit Tzafafa neighborhood, in hopes that one of the Arab store owners or customers would help him and call the police. Y. pleaded with passers-by to save him from the assailants, and for 15 minutes was met with complete apathy. Then the three terrorists found him again and resumed beating him in view of those present. Video documentation from security cameras shows the assailants getting out of a car and lunging towards the student. Y. managed to enter a pizzeria and the owner, who was concerned about the repercussions of the incident, stopped the assailants. An Arab resident of Beit Tzafafa called the police and protected Y. until policemen and MDA medics arrived. The incident seems to have been taken from dark periods of history, when Jewish blood ran in the streets, in full view of everyone, as onlookers were completely apathetic. Bleicher noted that along the entire path of the incident there are security cameras which provide means of locating suspects and asked the police to place suspects in remand and to prosecute them to the full extent of the law.
Security camera; Video credit: Free use Honenu Attorney Chayim Bleicher, who is representing Y., made a public statement: “Antisemitic disturbances in the capital city should keep every Israeli citizen awake at night. How can it be that assailants viciously beat Jews for so long and nobody offered help? We expect the police to apprehend the terrorists. We hope that the judges will treat incidents such as this as terror attacks and stop being lenient with the terrorists by releasing them to return to terror after a short time in remand.”
Honenu Attorney Chayim Bleicher; Video credit: Honenu