Two attackers, only one is being investigated

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Thursday, August 11, 2022, 12:47 Following an appeal by Honenu, the office of the Jerusalem District Attorney announced the reopening of an assault case against one of the two Arab youths who attacked a Hareidi man in Jerusalem. The case against the other youth remains closed “due to his young age.”

Over a year ago, two 13-year-old Arab youths attacked a Hareidi man walking through Tzahal Square, in the heart of Jerusalem. The youths ran toward the man and threw rocks at him from close range. The man instinctively ducked and thus avoided being hit in the head by the rocks. One rock hit his shoulder.

The attackers fled toward Sha’ar Shechem (Damascus Gate), and the victim called the police at their emergency number. The police, with border police back-up, acted quickly and succeeded in detaining the youths at Sha’ar Shechem. While the policemen were watching, the youths destroyed the cell phone that they were carrying.

The entire attack was recorded by security cameras. However, the detained youths denied all connection to the act, and the case was closed based on a claim that criminal proceedings were not appropriate to the incident. Honenu Attorney Chayim Bleicher, who is representing the victim, appealed the decision, claiming that despite the young age of the attackers, the incident was serious, dangerous, antisemitic, and could have ended much worse. This week, the office of the Jerusalem District Attorney decided to reopen the investigative case against one of the youths but left the case against the younger of the two closed.

Honenu Attorney Chayim Bleicher stated, “We are pleased with the partial accomplishment of having the case against one of the terrorists reopened. However, we regret that the other terrorist will evade penalization. We will do everything in our power to ensure that every terrorist is penalized for his acts, no matter how old he is because the security of Israeli citizens must not be abandoned.”

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