Mob ‘lynching’ of Palestinian minors marks rise of Jewish extremism
by Allison Deger
August 21, 2012On Friday four Palestinian teenagers were mobbed by 50 Israelis of similar age who were prowling the streets of Jerusalem shouting "Death to Arabs" and "Arabs, Arabs," looking for Palestinians to beat. Disturbingly, during the Zion Square attack Israeli authorities said around 100 witnesses stood by and watched as one victim, Jamal Julani, was kicked as he laid on the ground unconscious. The violence only stopped after police intervened.
Nir Hasson detailed the assault in Haaretz through quotes from a witness' Facebook page:
'When one of the Palestinian youths fell to the floor, the youths continued to hit him in the head, he lost consciousness, his eyes rolled, his angled head twitched, and then those who were kicking him fled and the rest gathered in a circle around, with some still shouting with hate in their eyes.'
Haaretz then reported on Sunday the Israel police escalated their initial assessment of a"brawl" to a "lynching." In addition, four additional suspects, between the ages of 13 and 15, were arrested.
The mob attack came just a day after a firebomb was hurled at a taxi transporting a Palestinian family of six, including two children, and weeks after settlers planted a car bomb in a Palestinian village near Ramallah. The explosions come in the context of the highest rates of settler violence in the past five years, according to a report by theJerusalem Fund. In 2011 alone, there were 10 "price tag," arson attacks on Palestinians.