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Israel police investigating Jerusalem attack

Aug. 17, 2012 5:36 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 20, 2012 10:23 A.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Police have formed a special investigative team to determine the background of a violent incident in Jerusalem that left a Palestinian citizen of Israel seriously injured Friday.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the circumstances of the incident -- which has been described as both a brawl and an attempted "lynch" in Israeli media -- was unclear.

"It's not clear at the moment," Rosenfeld told Ma'an, saying only that the authorities believe there was an altercation between a group of Jewish and Arab Israelis.

The official said one person was taken to Hadassah Medical Center.

Haaretz, an Israeli newspaper, reported that dozens of Jewish youths attacked three young Palestinians in Zion's Square, and quoted a witness who described the incident as "a lynch" on Facebook.

The report said the Palestinians were attacked by youths shouting "Death to the Arabs" and other slurs. One victim fell on the ground and was beaten until losing consciousness, the newspaper reported.

"I saw a lynch with my own eyes, in Zion Square, the center of the city of Jerusalem ….. and shouts of 'A Jew is a soul and Arab is a son of a –,' were shouted loudly," a witness wrote, according to Haaretz.

The witness said dozens of youths "ran and gathered and started to really beat to death three Arab youths who were walking quietly in the Ben Yehuda street."
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