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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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