Three separate attacks by Jewish Israelis on Palestinians took place over the last week, according to a report in Haaretz, including serious assaults and damage to property.
Several Palestinians were injured on Sunday “when they were attacked by a large group of Orthodox Jews near Damascus Gate in Jerusalem”, one of “a spate of such assaults on Arabs by Jews” in recent days, said Haaretz.
Eyewitnesses and CCTV footage showed “several dozen Orthodox men” throwing chairs and tables from nearby restaurants and stones “at Arab passersby and business owners before they were dispersed by the police. No arrests were made”.
“They think they’re strong because there are a lot of them, so they started throwing chairs and tables, and anybody who tried to protect their property got hit,” said Iyyad Kastro, a local business owner.
“Palestinian sources said five young men were injured in the assault, while cars and other property were damaged”, Haaretz added.
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Last Wednesday, meanwhile, “four Palestinian students were assaulted in Gonenim Park in the Katamon neighbourhood by Jewish youths, who allegedly used a Taser on some of their victims”.
“We were sitting there for maybe five minutes when we saw a group of about 30 men, age 20 to 35 – one looked like their rabbi, around 55,” said Islam Agwa, a law student. “They were looking for Arabs and the second they saw we were Arabs their rabbi said a word and they jumped us.”
The paper added: “Agwa suffered a broken nose and deep cuts and bruises to his face, head, and neck. One of his friends was injured in the shoulders by a block thrown at him.”
In addition, last week “a Palestinian bus driver was assaulted in the Orthodox settlement of Betar Ilit on the outskirts of Jerusalem”.
According to Gadi Gvaryahu, the chairman of the anti-racism group Tag Meir, “dozens of Arab drivers are attacked each year in violent racist assaults. Only a tiny number of these assaults are investigated by the police, and in most cases, the assailants run free.”