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3 more arrested over Jewish mob’s beating of Arab man in Bat Yam

Court remands suspects in custody for a week; 2 of them are suspected of attempted murder in brutal assault in May that was caught on video

Saeed Mousa, an Arab Israeli who was assaulted by a Jewish Israeli mob, at Ichilov Medical Center, May 14, 2021. (video screenshot)
Saeed Mousa, an Arab Israeli who was assaulted by a Jewish Israeli mob, at Ichilov Medical Center, May 14, 2021. (video screenshot)

Police have arrested three more suspects in the brutal mob beating of an Arab Israeli man in Bat Yam in May.

Following their arrest on Sunday, the three Bat Yam residents were brought before the Tel Aviv Magistrate’s Court, which ordered their remand extended by a week.

Two of them — Tamir Srur, 22, and Yitzhak Saban, 27 — are suspected of attempted murder. The third suspect, 20-year-old Itzik Guetta, is suspected of incitement to violence.

Saeed Mousa was seriously injured in the May attack, which was caught on live television and came amid spiraling ethnic tensions between Jews and Arab in Israeli cities, fanned by the armed conflict between Israel and Gaza terror groups.

In total, 13 people have now been arrested over the beating and 10 of them have been charged.

Police say that they have documentary evidence showing Srur and Saban attacking Mousa, with the latter suspected of striking him in the head and chest with a baton, according to the Haaretz daily.

Saban’s attorneys denied the allegations.

“He wasn’t involved in any criminal incident — not assault and definitely not attempted murder. We believe that later in the investigation the picture will become clear and he will be released,” Saban’s lawyers were quoted as saying.

A man beats a man lying prone on the ground in Bat Yam, amid interethnic violence across Israel, May 12, 2021. (Kan TV Screenshot)

Guetta is suspected of trying to bring others to the area and then riling them up by saying curses against Arabs.

“This is a person who took part in a legitimate protest. He ran with the crowd to area after hearing a cry of ‘terrorist’ and after understanding that this was a different incident that was not okay with him, he left the area,” Guetta’s attorneys said.

Mousa was on his way to the beach in Bat Yam when he was set upon by a group that had gathered to attack Arabs and Arab-owned businesses in the Tel Aviv-area city, according to an indictment filed in the case.

According to prosecutors, Mousa attempted to reverse away from the mob, but hit a car behind him. He then accelerated forward, with people jumping out of the way, before crashing into another car.

He was then dragged out of the car by the mob, with some claiming he had attempted to run over pedestrians, and was beaten badly. He was taken to Ichilov Hospital in serious condition, and his health has improved since.

Hundreds of indictments have been filed against Jews and Arabs over days of rioting in which mobs on each side attacked members of the opposite ethnicity, in a rash of violence not seen in decades. The tensions were partially fueled by the war with Gaza-based terrorists and violent pro-Palestinian protests in Jerusalem.

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