An Arab-Israeli man was indicted for the assault of a Jewish man who drove past the village of Taibe last month.
Muhammed Haj-Yihyeh, 21, was indicted Thursday on charges of aggravated assault, vandalism, and mayhem for the November 9 incident in which the Jewish driver was attacked amid violent protests against the shooting of an Arab man by an Israeli police officer in Kafr Kanna.
The motorist, passing by Taibe on his way home to Netanya, was surrounded by rioters who shouted “Jew! Jew!” and threw rocks at the car, breaking the window.
Haj-Yihyeh is accused of throwing a lit package of fireworks into the car, which caught fire and burned completely.
A resident of Taibe saved the man’s life, grabbing him away from the rioters and driving him to a police station.
He was treated at the scene.
Haj-Yihyeh reportedly has confessed to the charges. He was also seen on a video calling for an intifada.
Taibe is located in the area of the Triangle, a concentration of Arab-Israeli villages near the Green Line. It is slightly north of the central Israeli city of Kfar Saba.
The town was one of several that saw several days of intense protests in early November following the shooting of an Arab man.
The suspect there was shot as he was moving away from a police vehicle after pounding on it with a knife.
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