The police arrested four teenagers from the east Jerusalem neighborhood
of a-Tur Saturday on suspicion of attacking a Jewish family in a public park in the Valley of Ben Hinnom on
Two more people were arrested for attacking the police officers who made the arrest.
Two family members were moderately wounded in the attack, while a third suffered light injuries.
"I tried running away with my children and sister, but they kept coming back to hit us," one victim, Tzipi Shukrun, told Ynet. "They kids are traumatized."
Yonatan Shukrun at hospital (Photo: Gil Yohanan)
The Shukrun family arrived at a park located in the Valley of Ben Hinnom, near the Jerusalem Cinematheque, to celebrate Independence Day.
"We wanted to have a barbecue on the grass with my parents. I have three small children. At around 16:30 a group of Arabs, who seemed to be about 18 years old, sat next to us. It was calm; there were a number of Jewish and Arab families near us so we weren't scared. My kids played soccer with the Arab children," Tzipi said.
But as the family was preparing to leave, the teens approached and began cursing. "My two brothers, my father and another teenager tried to prevent them from reaching my children. In response, they took out clubs, chains and a knife and began brutally attacking the children," Tzipi said, adding that the assailants yelled out "Yahud (Jew)."
The family documented the incident with a camera and handed over the photos to the police, which as noted made the arrests Saturday.
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