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Israeli police arrest Israeli man for 'racially motivated' assault of Palestinian

June 21, 2017 6:41 P.M. (Updated: June 29, 2017 6:05 P.M.)
(File)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Israeli police are investigating an assault by an Israeli against a Palestinian resident of the Wadi Qaddum neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem that took place last weekend, Israeli police spokeswoman Luba al-Samri said in a statement Wednesday.

According to al-Samri, the attack took place on an unspecified date over the weekend at a gas station in southern Jerusalem city. Police were alerted to a scuffle between two young men, and when they arrived, found the Palestinian with minor wounds, while the Israeli suspect had fled the scene.

“Investigations have so far revealed that the Palestinian, aged 25, was at the gas station with a 19-year-old Jewish girl when a Jewish young man stopped his car and approached him asking if he was Arab,” al-Samri’s statement said.

When the Palestinian answered "yes,” the Israeli man started to violently beat the Palestinian, bruising him and causing other unspecified minor injuries.

Israeli police arrested the Israeli suspect on June 18, along with another suspect who was with him on the day of the attack. Police are still investigating to what extent the second suspect was involved in the assault, al-Samri said.

Al-Samri added that the main suspect was being charged with committing a "racially motivated" attack.

While it remains to be seen if the suspect will be indicted for the assault, Israeli authorities have long been accused of fostering a “culture of impunity” for Israelis committing violent acts against Palestinians.

In March, Israeli NGO Yesh Din revealed that Israeli authorities served indictments in only 8.2 percent of cases of Israeli settlers committing anti-Palestinian crimes in the occupied West Bank in the past three years.

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