(TPS) Jerusalem police arrested on Saturday five Arabs suspected of attacking Jews who were marching with flags at the Tomb of Samuel the Prophet near the city on Friday.
The police stated that following the investigation of the incident, five residents of the area in their 20s to 50s were arrested for questioning by the Jerusalem District Police.
The five were arrested by the police and are suspected of being actively involved in the incident of violence and assault.
Footage of the incident shows two Israelis carrying Israeli flags who are assaulted by a mob of Arabs carrying Palestinian flags. One managed to escape while the other was knocked to the ground by the Arabs and viciously beaten until Border Police troops arrived and saved him.
The arrested suspects were taken to the police station for questioning on suspicion of the offenses of participating in a melee, assault and sabotage, offenses motivated by racism/hostility towards the public, and other offenses.
At the beginning of the week, the police are expected to bring them before the Military Court to discuss the case, and the investigation of the case continues “with the aim of bringing those involved in the act to justice.”
“The Israel Police will continue to work with the security forces for a determined and uncompromising fight against violence and bullying of any kind for the sake of public peace and security,” it stated.
Former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated that “national honor is not a luxury. Its absence will cost lives.”
“The lynching attempt is shocking, dozens of Arabs violently attack a young Jewish man after he waved the Israeli flag, while he was lying on the sidewalk and they kick and punch him all over his body, and all this in front of the police.”
To the government, he said: “National honor is not a luxury, and regardless of the attitudes of your partners towards violence against Jews – a heavy hand is needed immediately.”
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