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      Eichler: Prosecute Arabs from 'Snowfight'

      "Next time they hit Jews, it won't just be with snowballs," warns MK Rabbi Yisrael Eichler.
      By Elad Benari
      First Publish: 1/15/2013, 5:45 AM

      MK Rabbi Yisrael Eichler
      MK Rabbi Yisrael Eichler
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      MK Rabbi Yisrael Eichler (United Torah Judaism) contacted Internal Security Minister Yitzchak Aharonovitch on Monday, demanding that the Arab thugs who ganged up on two hassidic Jews in Jerusalem last week be prosecuted.

      The incident was caught on video and was first featured by Arutz Sheva Saturday evening. Since then, tens of thousands of people have viewed the video, which has been widely disseminated.

      In the video, the Arabs can be seen hounding the two Jews, hurling chunks of snow into their faces, kicking one of them and removing the hat from the head of the other.

      In his letter to Aharonovitch, Rabbi Eichler reminded how the police widely publicized an incident just two weeks earlier, when an Arab complained against hareidim, whereas this incident was ignored by most mainstream Israeli news outlets.

      Rabbi Eichler also pointed out how in similar incidents not involving hareidim, the media does not mention the origin of the attackers.

      "A week ago I heard two similar reports in one newscast," wrote Eichler. "In one report, two hareidi boys were arrested on suspicion of attacking and beating an Arab from east Jerusalem. In the second one, 'youths' from Eilat were arrested for abusing and robbing Eritreans. The difference is that in Eilat the nationality of the attackers was not mentioned, nor their ethnicity nor any other identification besides them being 'youths', while in the Jerusalem incident it was stated that the boys were 'hareidi'."

      "The police must deal with crime, even when there is no complaint and there is visual proof," he wrote. "Therefore I would ask you to order an investigation and arrest the attackers who enjoyed abusing Jews in the snow because of their traditional dress. This could get much worse if the police do not act; next time they hit Jews, it won't be just with snowballs."

      Police Jerusalem District Spokesman Shmulik Ben Rubi told Arutz Sheva on Monday morning that the police have launched an investigation into the video and are trying to locate the people featured in it.

      Speaking to Arutz Sheva Monday, the two yeshiva students who were viciously attacked said that they had feared for their lives.

      According to the two, the fact that they were “only” attacked with snowballs was just a lucky circumstance. Without the snow, they said, the Arabs might have used rocks, possibly killing them.

      Speaking in the interview, the two said that they had truly feared they would not survive the incident. “We went to pray at the Kotel and on our way back, we were suddenly attacked by dozens of Arabs,” they said. “The Arabs tried to lynch us, they were throwing snowballs and other objects and yelling 'death to the Jews' in Arabic. We felt we were in real danger.”