Appeal to reopen assault case

Honenu Attorney Chayim Bleicher; Photo credit: Honenu

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Sunday, November 28, 2021, 11:32 Y., a hareidi yeshiva student studying in the Old City of Jerusalem, was attacked by dozens of rioting Arabs approximately six months ago. Suspects were detained, however the case was closed. Honenu Attorney Chayim Bleicher, who is representing Y., filed an appeal to reopen the case stating that “the investigation of a serious case like this should not be closed without the perpetrators being apprehended and brought to trial. The police have the names and details of the suspects who participated in the attack.”

The appeal, which is summarized below, describes the attack.

Due to Coronavirus restrictions, Y. and other students were studying in an organized tent. They heard shouting, and Y. noticed many students fleeing in the direction of residential homes behind the tent, being chased by approximately 20 Arabs.

The Arabs threw heavy objects – bicycles, residential gas tanks, metal bars – in all directions and sprayed pepper spray at Y. and the other students. Y. was badly beaten by the Arab mob and collapsed on the ground, helpless and semiconscious. Then the Arabs repeatedly struck Y. in the back with a lectern and beat him in the head with various objects, which caused bleeding. Y.’s glasses and cell phone were broken and his clothes were ripped and completely destroyed.

Y. was evacuated to the Hadassa Mt. Scopus Hospital, where he lost consciousness. Two days later he filed a complaint with the police, who informed him that suspects were detained after the incident. However, the detentions were not updated in the crime victim notification system. Recently, Y. was surprised to discover that the investigative assault case was closed due to lack of evidence.

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