Arab security guard at light rail work site attacked Jewish man

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Friday, July 8, 2022, 9:59 Approximately one week ago, an Arab security guard at an infrastructure work site on a light rail line in Jerusalem brutally attacked a Jew on Bar Ilan Street. Honenu Attorney Chayim Bleicher, who is representing the victim, wrote to the police demanding that a thorough investigation be carried out and the assailant brought to trial.

The attack began after the Jewish victim noticed the assailant and another guard yelling at and humiliating a Jewish yeshiva student who was trying to pass by them with a baby carriage and had asked them to move aside a bit. When the victim approached the guards and commented on their insulting treatment, they cursed him and crudely threatened him.

The victim took out his cell phone in an attempt to deter them by recording the incident, but at that moment one of the guards smacked his hand and the phone fell. When the victim bent down to pick up his phone, the guard kneed him from the front and forcibly knocked him to the ground.

The victim was badly bruised and his arm was sprained. Police were summoned to the site and they took the details of the assailant and sent the victim to file a complaint.

In his letter to the police, Bleicher wrote, “[The police must] carry out a determined investigation, take testimony from the eyewitnesses, and send a team to gather video clips from the security cameras in the area. I demand that everything possible be done to thoroughly investigate the incident and bring the assailant to trial for racially motivated aggravated assault.”

Honenu Attorney Chayim Bleicher: “The security and dignity of Jewish citizens in the capital of Israel are being trampled by Arab terrorists who look for any opportunity to injure and humiliate Jews. We are here to say, ‘No more.’ We will fight the frequently recurring antisemitic attacks with all the legal means at our disposal. We intend to follow this criminal case and demand that the assailant is prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Afterward, we will file a civil suit against the assailant for damages and distress to the victim.”

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