Police in Israel arrested two tourists from the UAE yesterday following a shooting in central Tel Aviv. The incident took place on Dizengoff Street and was reportedly carried out by two assailants riding a motorcycle who shot at a known criminal standing by his car before fleeing the scene.
'my name is Adel, i came with embassy'
An Emirati citizen getting the Tel Aviv treatment last night https://t.co/zlXvKikLKG
— Jalal (@JalalAK_jojo) August 3, 2022
Officers apprehended two Emirati men who they thought were involved in the shooting. People nearby assumed that they were Palestinians, which caused some to panic. One of the men can be heard on video telling the arresting officers in English that, "My name is Adel" and that he "came with the embassy".
After being handed over to the police for investigation, the pair were released an hour later and received an apology from officers. The incident was deemed to be crime-related with no reported casualties.
Allegedly two Emiratis were subjected to #Israel's racial profiling and arrested after a shooting in Tel Aviv yesterday – if you are Arab Israel will always treat you like a suspect https://t.co/a9Z9mEbQtY
— Dr Andreas Krieg (@andreas_krieg) August 3, 2022
I love it when people of color think isr*** would ever treat them like humans. As if the ideology it's self doesn't reak of white supremacy https://t.co/UMsBs5pt35
— …N… (@awar_najib) August 4, 2022
As footage of the two Emirati citizens being arrested spread online, some observers commented on the prevalent racial profiling that exists in Israel. The tourists, it was pointed out, were taken as "suspected terrorists" simply because they were Arabs.
Soon enough, Arabs from the Gulf will realise that apartheid Israel cannot help but blur the lines between all Arabs. https://t.co/QMHAVXFEUr
— Amro Ali (@_amroali) August 3, 2022
Other social media users commented on the 2020 Abraham Accords signed between the UAE and Israel, noting that despite the normalisation agreement with Israel, the Emiratis were still seen as "Palestinian terrorists" by the occupation state.