2 Arab teens reportedly assaulted in Tel Aviv
East Jerusalem residents claim three armed men assaulted them in Tel Aviv parking lot. MK Tibi: Hunting season for Arabs is upon us
Two east Jerusalem teens are claiming they were assaulted by three men in Tel Aviv earlier this week in what could be another case of racist violence after last week's Jerusalem lynch. One suffered a head injury and required eight stitches and the other sustained light wounds.
Suhib Hushia, 19, said he and his friend were assaulted on their way back from a Tel Aviv beach as they stopped at a parking lot to ask for directions.
"Suddenly three armed men approached us and started yelling at us," he recalled. "We explained we were looking for directions but they shouted at us to leave."
According to Hushia, one of the men was wearing a spike glove and slapped his friend. The three then assaulted Hushia using various objects he was unable to see.
Suhib's brother reported that damage was caused to the victims' car. He noted that the two had called the police and Magen David Adom but that no forces were sent to the scene as the operators could not understand the two who do not speak Hebrew.
He noted that officers at the Jerusalem police station, where they tried to file a complaint after the incident, told them to return later in the day as there was no Arabic-speaking officer. "This shows us the police's powerlessness in dealing with racist assaults against Arabs."
"I thought I was going to die," Subib said, adding that the assailants had called him a "dirty Arab" and other swear words.
MK Ahmad Tibi (United Arab List Ta'al) said in response, "Hunting season for Arabs is at its height with support from a rightist government and racist Knesset." He blamed the Israel Police for allowing hate crimes against Arabs to happen.
"Imagine Israel's response had the tables been turned and a Jew was lynched at an Arab town. We are outraged and appalled over the wave of racist violence sweeping the country sponsored by the Right."
Police said that no complaint was made in the case.
"Three men arrived at the station. An officer noticed contusions on their bodies and advised them to get medical treatment and then file a complaint at the Jerusalem police station, which is nearer to their place of residence," the Tel Aviv District Police spokeswoman said. She added that police are working to trace the assailants.