Jews and Arabs clash in Jerusalem neighborhood

Wednesday, July 23, 2008 |  Israel Today Staff

Just hours after an Arab road worker repeated an earlier bulldozer terrorist attack on a busy Jerusalem street, Jews and Arabs engaged in a bloody brawl in another part of the capital on Tuesday evening.

The altercation, which took place in a neighborhood populated primarily by ultra-Orthodox Jews, reportedly started when two young Arab men got into a fight with a Jewish store owner and several of his Jewish customers. As the neighborhood sits on the edge of eastern Jerusalem, area shops are frequented by Arabs.

When additional Jewish onlookers joined the fray, the two Arabs fled and burst into the nearby home of a Jewish family observing a mourning period for a recently deceased relative. The owner of the home, unaware of what had sparked the violence, put himself between the bleeding Arabs and the angry mob of young Orthodox Jewish men.

When the man tried to help the Arabs escape back to their own neighborhood a short time later, both he and the Arabs were attacked by an even larger group of Orthodox men. The incident came to an abrupt end when one of the Orthodox men accused the homeowner of aiding Arabs and stabbed him in the abdomen.

Suddenly aware that the incident had taken a potentially deadly turn, the mob broke up. The injured man was not seriously wounded.

Area rabbis later condemned the mob of Orthodox men for resorting to such brutal violence against both the Arabs and a fellow Jew, regardless of what had started the fight.

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