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      Arabs Attack Jews in Eastern Jerusalem

      Arabs attacked Jews in an eastern Jerusalem neighborhood while police looked on -- until they intervened by arresting Jews, eyewitnesses reported.
      By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
      First Publish: 10/21/2009, 9:16 AM / Last Update: 10/21/2009, 9:29 AM

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      Arabs cursed and attacked Jews in an eastern Jerusalem neighborhood while police looked on, until they intervened by arresting Jews, eyewitnesses reported. The clash in the Shimon HaTzadik neighborhood began when a new Jewish family began unloading possessions for their new apartment home.

      Arabs and anarchists, who have been maintaining a permanent presence at a protest tent opposite the community, wrestled with one young Jewish man in the group, according to Avichail Feld, a hero in the Yom Kippur War who witnessed the attack. He reported that police quietly stood by while the attackers brutally beat the victim, who required medical care. Feld called to police, who maintain a constant patrol in the neighborhood, to stop the assault, but they did nothing.

      Officers eventually intervened and stopped the clash by arresting four Jews, who were taken into custody for questioning. Police spokesmen were unavailable for comment.

      National Union Knesset Member Michael Ben-Ari, who arrived at the scene after being informed of the attack, told Arutz Sheva, “The handwriting was on the wall. I sent a letter to the police several weeks ago that Arabs were harassing Jews. I eventually received a letter from the police that they were dealing with the problem. Tonight’s clash proves that this was not the right answer, to make an understatement.”

      He said his party intends to put an end to this “farce” where "the victim becomes the accused." He added, “I do not understand why the police allow the tent protest to remain when it has become a tent of incitement for violence against Jewish residents.”