A 17-year-old Arab youth from east Jerusalem was arrested on Sunday on suspicion he attacked Jewish teens in the city's Har Homa neighborhood. The teens filed a police complaint and claimed that the suspect had torched a "camp" they had set up near a playground.
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"The Arab youth came from an adjacent village to the kids' playground, hit them for no reason and threw rocks at them," a resident said. "The little kids ran away and two 14-year-olds stayed and confronted him. He hit them to the point they were bleeding. Other Arab youths then joined him and threw rocks at the Jews."
One of the victims
The resident said that the teens eventually ran home. "The whole situation was very freighting. They were getting beaten while stones were being thrown at them. The assailant was bigger than them."
Books, tefilin burned
Another resident said that the suspect had used a gas grill to set a fire at the scene which burned books, prayer shawls, tefilin, and a bicycle that were in the area. "This is not the first time that Arabs start provocations in the area," he added. "They go to the playground and scare the kids."
Jerusalem Police said they are investigating the complaint.
Initial information was received via the Red Email
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