Six Jewish teens arrested in attack on Jerusalem Arab


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Six Jewish teens have been arrested in connection with an attack on an Arab resident of eastern Jerusalem that left the victim with a broken leg.

Jerusalem police arrested five of the teens on Saturday night, two days after Ibrahim Abu Taha, 28, was attacked in downtown Jerusalem. A sixth teen was arrested Sunday.

Taha allegedly was attacked outside the apartment of a Jewish female co-worker from a Jerusalem hotel. He and a Jewish male co-worker had walked the female home after work.

The arrested teens, three of whom are 16 years old, said they attacked Taha because they thought he was "taking advantage" of a Jewish woman, Ynet reported. The Jewish co-worker was not attacked. 

The incident comes less than a month after a group of Jewish teens allegedly beat a 17-year-old Israeli Arab in Jerusalem and left him in critical condition. Israeli police described the assault as a lynching. Police arrested five in the attack, including a 13-year-old.

Earlier in August, Jewish teens were indicted for allegedly firebombing a Palestinian taxi near Gush Etzion, wounding six people, including two children.

Meanwhile, an Arab gas station attendant from eastern Jerusalem said he was the victim of an anti-Arab attack at work early Friday morning.

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