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A young man from East Jerusalem admitted that he attacked a man because of his Judaism - but the case against him was closed - Walla! news

2021-11-28T20:05:41.304Z

The case against the 19-year-old Arab was closed, despite documentation in which the Jewish complainant was seen being attacked on a street in the Old City, and despite the suspect admitting to a police investigation that pushed him for being a Jew. The police did not give reasons for the decision. "The law must be exhausted with the aggressor - for others to see and be seen"



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A young man from East Jerusalem admitted that he attacked a man because of his Jewishness - but the case against him was closed

The case against the 19-year-old Arab was closed, despite documentation in which the Jewish complainant was seen being attacked on a street in the Old City, and despite the suspect admitting to a police investigation that pushed him for being a Jew.

The police did not give reasons for the decision.

"The law must be exhausted with the aggressor - for others to see and be seen"

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  • the old City

Shlomi Heller

Sunday, 28 November 2021, 22:00

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A criminal case opened against a 19-year-old East Jerusalem resident, suspected of assaulting a Jew in the Old City, was closed to the police without any justification. This, while the assault was recorded on cameras and the suspect confessed to the acts.



The attack took place in April, when the complainant, a young Jew, was walking on Hagai Street in the Old City toward the Western Wall, where he encountered a young Arab man, who attacked him urgently, without any prior acquaintance between the two.



The complainant turned to a police officer who was standing near the scene, and reported what was happening, and the assailant was detained for questioning in which he initially stated that he "does not know why he attacked the victim." In an appeal filed by attorney Ophir Steiner representing the victim, it appears that during the police investigation the assailant admitted that he assaulted the citizen because of his Judaism, and that he hates Jews because they "harm all Palestinian citizens." He also admitted that he pushed the complainant with his shoulder.



Despite the clarification of the motive for the attack, after the incident the complainant was informed that the case was closed on the grounds of "closure not to prosecute" - without any explanation or justification.

Following this, the complainant filed an appeal against the police decision to close the case and demanded to exhaust the sentence with the assailant.

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The case was closed even though the suspect confessed to the acts.

Police deployed at Sha'ar HaGai in Jerusalem this month (Photo: Israel Police Spokeswoman)

"Examination of the investigation material shows that the complainant's version is consistent with the existing video in the case and with the attacker's confession, and is even supported by the action report written by the police officer to whom the complainant turned for help on the ground, immediately after the attack. "Hence, there is evidence in the evidence to prove the complainant's assault by the assailant, out of racist motive, in accordance with the standard required in criminal law," Advocate Steiner argued.



He added that "an incident during which a Jew who died on the street was violently attacked solely for being a Jew should not be taken lightly. "Arising from a racist-nationalist motive. Closing a case in such a serious case is contrary to the position of the legislature as to the seriousness of the acts, and may harm the security of the citizens."



The police stated in response that "as soon as the incident occurred, an investigation was opened during which all the professional actions were taken to arrive at the truth investigation, and after the investigation was completed, the case was transferred for review and the prosecution's decision as usual."

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