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Daily Israel Report

Arab Attacks Hareidi Man in Jerusalem

A young hareidi man was attacked by a local Arab man at a tomb in Jerusalem.
By Maayana Miskin
First Publish: 6/22/2012, 1:28 PM

Stabbing scene at at Shimon HaTzaddik (file)
Stabbing scene at at Shimon HaTzaddik (file)
Israel news photo: Flash 90

A hareidi man in his early 20s was attacked Thursday night as he left the Tomb of Shimon Hatzaddik (Simon the Righteous) in Jerusalem.

The man was walking on the Derech Shechem road when an Arab man attacked him, kicking him. The Arab man had apparently been waiting in the area until the road was clear in order to launch his attack.

The victim attempted to push past the attacker and ignore him. The attacker responded by hitting him in the face, breaking his glasses.

The hareidi man immediately reported the attack at a nearby police station. Officers arrived at the scene but were unable to find the attacker.

Police said they believe the attacker to be a local Arab youth known to the police for having committed several similar attacks in the past.

Two months ago Arab men stabbed a young hareidi-religious Jewish man near the Shimon Hatzaddik Tomb, causing him moderate wounds. In December a group of local Arab men and far-left activists, hurled a rock at a local Jewish man's head, wounding him.

Jews living in the area have compared local Arab terrorists to Nazis, saying they target Jews simply because they are Jewish.