No suspects apprehended two weeks after City of David attack

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Sunday, June 12, 2022, 20:20 Approximately two weeks ago, after Jerusalem Day, several Arabs brutally attacked a Jew in front of his wife and children in the City of David neighborhood of Jerusalem. It is not known if any suspects have been detained. Honenu Attorney Chayim Bleicher, who is representing the victim, sent a letter, summarized below, to the police demanding that they apprehend the terrorists and bring them to trial as soon as possible.

Honenu Attorney Bleicher reacted to the horrific incident: “Unfortunately, in the eyes of Islamist Arabs, Jewish lives are cheap. In every incident in which they have the opportunity, they brutally injure Jews. We must take every incident such as this absolutely seriously. Assailants must be detained and charged with the most serious crimes of racially motivated violence.

“It is clear to us that the attack occurred because Arabs encountered a Jew and thought that they had the opportunity to severely injure him. We hope that the police will apprehend the terrorists and that they will stand trial for serious crimes. We will continue to follow the case until they are convicted, and afterward, we will file a civil suit for compensation.”

Summary of the letter: A Jewish driver, who had his wife and three children in the car, stopped and got out to exchange personal information with another driver after they were in a minor traffic accident. Suddenly, several assailants, who were not connected to the accident, surrounded my client, threatening and shoving him. My client, who felt threatened and feared for his life, got back into his car and sat in the driver’s seat. One of the assailants approached my client, opened the driver’s door, leaned into the car, and beat him. My client was forced out of his car and at that moment, additional assailants threw him to the ground, kicked him, and brutally beat him all over his body. One of the assailants pepper-sprayed him in the face. My client felt a clear and present danger to his life and the lives of his family.

Between the tear gas to his face that blurred his ability to see and the intense punches that came from all directions, my client was extremely confused and felt that those were his last moments. At this point, my client succeeded, barely, in reaching and drawing his personal weapon. Only then, when the assailants noticed the pistol, did they flee. My client, who was still foggy and dizzy, got back into his car, lay down, and screamed for his wife to summon the police. Several minutes later, a police car and Jewish civilians arrived on the scene and my client was transported to Sha’arei Tzedek Hospital for medical treatment. My client can identify some of the assailants, and one of the assailants was photographed by one of the Jewish civilians. The assailants must be apprehended and brought to trial.

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