JERUSALEM (JTA) — Ten people were arrested in the beating death of a man on a north Tel Aviv beach.
Eight of the alleged assailants are Israeli Arabs from Jaljulya and two are Jewish women, including a 19-year old soldier who reportedly spent the evening with the men, according to Ha’aretz. Several of the suspects are minors.
Aryeh Karp, 59, was with his wife and 24-year old daughter on a bench at the beach Friday night when they were surrounded and attacked. The women escaped and called the police. The attackers allegedly threw an unconscious Karp into the sea.
Karp’s body was found early Saturday morning floating in the water in north Tel Aviv.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the murder "shocking," adding that he spoke with Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch shortly after the attack. They agreed "to strengthen municipal policing and the local police because the ability to perpetrate these crimes against Israeli citizens will decline dramatically if more police are deployed on the ground."
Netanyahu ordered Aharonovitch to expedite the investigation.
Karp’s murder is the 10th in Israel in the past two weeks.