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Suspicion: Beitar Jerusalem fans attack Arabs
Security cameras at Jerusalem shopping center document riots; police say two fans attack Arabs with chair; fan insists argument erupted, resolved quickly
Two Beitar Jerusalem fans who reside in the capital were arrested Monday under suspicion of attacking Arab employees of a local McDonald's restaurant.

 

Security cameras at the shopping center in which the alleged assaults occurred documented the events, and the suspects are to face a remand hearing Tuesday at the Jerusalem Magistrates Court.

 

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According to police, the incident took place as part of a march by Beitar Jerusalem fans, who were supposed to start marching from the shopping center.


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Beitar Jerusalem fans protest (Photo: Haim Zach) 

 

At the beginning of the march, several dozen fans blocked the entrance to the McDonald's restaurant, and two of them tried to physically assault the employees using chairs.

 

Police detectives at the scene arrested the two, as well as five other people for rioting.

 

"Several of the fans were sitting outside, when two Arab employees (of the McDonald's branch) stepped outside and told them they can't sit there," one of the fans told Ynet.

 

"People started pushing each other, but the whole thing was quickly resolved. There may have been some racist slurs as part of a song, but not pointed at someone in particular," he added.

 

Police are looking into the circumstances and have yet to establish whether the assaults were nationalistically motivated.

 

 

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פרסום ראשון: 07.01.13, 23:08
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