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December 2, 2013 1:07 pm

East Jerusalem Arab Family Attacked, But Left Alone Once Assailants Realized They Weren’t Jewish

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Rashuan Salman and his wife. Photo: Rashuan Salman.

Rashuan Salman and his wife. Photo: Rashuan Salman.

An Arab family from East Jerusalem was attacked while driving along the same road where baby Avigail Ben-Zion was injured last week, but the assailants left them alone once they saw they were Muslims, Ynet reported late on Sunday. The attack was at the hands of three Arab youths and occurred two weeks ago near the same road of Sur Baher, outside Jerusalem.

Rashuan Salman, his wife and their baby daughter were in the car, driving from Umm-Tuba to Jerusalem. “After driving along the road near Sur Baher three Arab youths jumped up on us,” Salman told Ynet on Sunday. “They tried to pull us out of the car and hit us, it seemed they were intent on lynching us. They tried opening the doors and my wife begged them to leave us alone. She spoke to them in Arabic and only then did they understand that we ourselves are Arabs, and left us alone. I hit the gas and drove away as fast as possible.”

According to Salman, the youth clearly mistook them for Jews: “Me and my wife look Jewish, even the police officer who arrived said ‘at first sight I was sure you were Jews.’ He told us that these types of things happen all the time.”

Last week, four Arab teenagers were arrested for throwing rocks at a car, smashing its windows and injuring two-year-old toddler Avigail Ben-Zion.

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  • Mireille Mechoullam

    Israel has been too lenient for too long. It’s about time to change this tactic. These youth are the next terrorist who will do worse. I am with HaroldT. Shout them. The next houligans who try to do the same, shoot them too till these animals stop that game.

  • isaac brajtman

    would be headlines in all newspapers if it were ISRAELI youths attacking Arabs.Now that that couple had such an experience, what are they doing to try to stop this type of attack by their people?

  • HaDaR

    How are people called when they attack other people only because they think that they might be Jewish?
    I have it on the tip of my tongue…
    Is that Nazis, antisemites, KKK, white supremacists, islamo-nazis, Aryan Nation, phakestinians, palestinazis, mooslimes, or simply palestinists?
    I can’t remember exactly…

  • HaroldT

    Shoot the bastards. That will stop them.

    • Elliot J. Stamler

      HaroldT is writing what I’ve been writing for years. You kill or try to kill a Jew in Israel-you get shot or hanged. The Israelis put up with this and still are unwilling to accept the necessity of recognition that those Arabs who throw rocks would happily shoot machine guns if they had them-they are the Nazis of this era and the only way to deal with Nazis is to kill them, period.