Police arrest Jewish suspects for attacks, threats, rioting in recent violence

4th suspect arrested for savage Bat Yam attack that shocked nation; 2 held for threats to journalist; Shin Bet detains suspects over J’lem stabbing; minors held for attack on home

An Israeli man sits at a restaurant that was attacked the previous night in Israel's Mediterranean city of Bat Yam on May 13, 2021 (Gil COHEN-MAGEN / AFP)
An Israeli man sits at a restaurant that was attacked the previous night in Israel's Mediterranean city of Bat Yam on May 13, 2021 (Gil COHEN-MAGEN / AFP)

Police said Saturday they had arrested a fourth suspect in the attack on Arab man who was savagely beaten by a mob in Bat Yam, the latest in a number of arrests of Jewish suspects in connection with recent violence.

The suspect in his 20s will appear in court on Saturday night where police will submit a request to extend his remand.

Three suspects have already been arrested in connection with the savage May 12 attack on Saeed Mousa that was caught on film and shocked the country.

Charges are expected to be filed against them next week for a number of violent offences related to the attack, the Kan public broadcaster reported.

It was reported this week that the previously arrested suspects were Lahav Ohanina and Netanel Benjamin, as well as a minor whose name is not permitted to be published.

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

Mousa, a father of four from Ramle, was in his car on his way to enjoy some fresh air at the beach after dark when he was accosted by dozens of far-right Jewish extremists, out rioting and vandalizing Arab property in what they said was a response to Arab riots and mob violence that erupted during the week.

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 now claiming he had attempted to run over the pedestrians, and beaten badly.

Mousa was taken to Ichilov in serious condition. By last Saturday his condition was much improved.

Meanwhile, police said Friday they arrested two suspects in connection with threats to Channel 12 news reporter and anchor Dana Weiss.

The two from Bat Yam — one in their 20s and the other in their 40s — were suspected of sending threats to Weiss saying that they would harm her and her family “in the light of her work,” police said.

Channel 12 news anchor Dana Weiss during a conference in Tel Aviv on September 5, 2019. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)

On Monday, Channel 12 said that a number of the network’s reporters, including Weiss, Yonit Levy, Guy Peleg and Rina Matsliah, had been given security details after receiving numerous threats, including death threats, from right-wing extremists.

Also on Friday, four young Jews were charged in connection with their involvement in riots in Bat Yam, including throwing rocks at the home of an Arab resident in the city.

The four were charged with disorderly conduct and making racist threats. Two of them were also indicted for possession of a weapon, and one suspect with attempted racially-motivated assault.

The arrests were announced in the hours after the Shin Bet said it had detained a number of Jewish suspects in connection with a May 13 stabbing of an Arab man in Jerusalem.

The victim, in his 20s, was seriously wounded in the attack, which the security service said had a nationalist motive.

The Ynet news site published footage from the immediate aftermath of the attack which apparently showed a mob of right-wing youths assaulting police officers on the scene.

According to the Haaretz daily, the first 116 suspects indicted for incidents related to the unrest were all Arab, drawing accusations of discriminatory policing from left-wing lawmakers.

Only on Tuesday were the first charges filed against Jews suspected of involvement in assaults on journalists from the Kan public broadcaster last week, and the first three suspects held over the mob-beating of Mousa.

The past weeks saw escalating ethnic tensions between Jews and Arabs inside Israeli cities alongside the armed conflict with Gaza terror groups.

Two people were killed in separate incidents in the city of Lod, and dozens were injured in clashes across the country, many of them seriously.

There was also extensive damage to property as tensions spiraled into mob violence in multiple ethnically mixed communities, with police failing to contain the most serious internal unrest to grip the country in years.

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