Arab 'priests' nearly lynch Jewish man in Jerusalem

Wednesday, September 09, 2009 |  Israel Today Staff

A group of young Arab men wearing the robes of novice Orthodox Christian priests attempted to lynch a Jewish man walking through Jerusalem's Old City on Sunday.

The victim told Israel National News that as he passed the men, one of them asked if he spoke Hebrew. When the man answered yes, the robed man punched him in the face causing him to bleed profusely. Medics later said that judging by the wounds, the assailant must have hit the victim with a sharp object.

As the bleeding Jewish man tried to escape, the robed men began to kick him. Just as he thought the lynch may end with him losing his life, a passing group of Jews chased off the robed attacker and took the bleeding victim to a nearby police station.

Police officials said the attack was caught on security cameras positioned throughout the Old City, and that they are working to identify the attackers.

In other violence, Palestinian terrorists operating out of the Gaza Strip fired two mortar shells at towns in southern Israel on Monday, causing damage but no injuries.

Meanwhile in Judea and Samaria (the so-called "West Bank"), Palestinian stone throwers attacked Israeli motorists stuck in traffic in several locations, again causing damage but no injuries. During one of the stoning attacks near the Palestinian-controlled town of Ramallah, Israeli security forces caught an Arab man who intended to up the ante by hurling firebombs at passing Israeli vehicles.

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