August 23, 2012

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Alleged Hate Crime in Israel Part of Larger Trend (Dan Ephron, Aug 22, 2012, Daily Beast)


An alleged hate crime against Palestinians in West Jerusalem this week, which left one young man unconscious and in the hospital, underscores a troubling reality: that Israeli teens are more militantly anti-Arab than their parents and increasingly more prone to rejecting democratic values. [...]

In the latest incident, at least five teens are suspected of punching and kicking a Palestinian nearly to death over the weekend at a crowded public square in Jerusalem, as dozens of other youngsters looked on. The Palestinian, 17-year-old Jamal Julani, collapsed and stopped breathing at one point, but was resuscitated and is now in stable condition.

A police spokesman said the five suspects--three boys and two girls, ages 13 to 19--were in custody and being questioned. "For my part, he can die," one of the suspects, a 15-year-old, told reporters outside of the courtroom, in reference to Julani. "He's an Arab."

The attack was unusual in its brazenness. According to the police spokesman, the teens allegedly roved Jerusalem's downtown area chanting anti-Arab slogans and looking for victims before setting on Julani and several of his friends. Other violence against Palestinians in recent years has been more clandestine, including mosque burnings and roadside ambushes.

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