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Dismissing claims of nationalistic motivations, court releases suspects in assault of Jaffa rabbi

Two residents of Jaffa filmed beating Rabbi Eliyahu Mali on April 18, 2021. (Courtesy)
Two residents of Jaffa filmed beating Rabbi Eliyahu Mali on April 18, 2021. (Courtesy)

The Tel Aviv Magistrate’s Court has ordered the immediate release of two Arab Israeli suspects in the photographed assault of a yeshiva rabbi in Jaffa earlier this week that sparked national outcry.

Rabbi Eliyahu Mali and his colleague were violently attacked while visiting the site where they’re hoping to move their yeshiva to in Jaffa’s Ajami neighborhood.

However, the magistrate’s court judge says there is no evidence to support the police’s claim that the assault was nationalistically motivated, and thus no reason to keep the suspects behind bars

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