At least 28 ultra-nationalist demonstrators were arrested Tuesday in Jerusalem as they chanted anti-Arab slogans and decried the lack of a government response to the murder of three Israeli teens.
The demonstrators called out “Death to the Arabs” and “No Arabs, no terror attacks,” according to the Ynet news site. Many wore stickers and shirts expressing support for slain ultra-nationalist Meir Kahane.
Police said one man was arrested after going into a McDonald’s with a mask and attempting to attack an Arab. Three more people were arrested nearby after attacking “minorities.”
At the Ben Yehuda pedestrian mall, a group of around 40 teens gathered around a woman sitting outside a restaurant who had told them to leave, and poured water on her, according to a bystander.
“One of the boys spat at her, and then at me,” Sara Miriam Liben, who was sitting nearby, recounted. One of the teens smashed a glass on a restaurant table.
There were some teenage girls in the group, as well as two mothers walking behind the unruly youths. One of the women told bystanders she was proud of the violent group.
Mob on Jaffa Road, Jerusalem chanting "death to the Arabs." Man tells me, "after sundown we will attack them." pic.twitter.com/ehx7E3BCyS
— benwedeman (@bencnn) July 1, 2014
At least two demonstrators were arrested for trying to attack Arab youths in the area.
The demonstrators’ march, which began at the Bridge of Strings at the entrance to the city and continued along Jaffa Road to the Machane Yehuda market and Zion Square, blocked traffic and briefly brought the city’s light rail to a halt.