Daily Israel Report

Video: Anti-Semitic 'Knockout Game' Reaches Jerusalem

Facebook page for eastern Jerusalem 'Cultural Center' features a videotaped assault on a hareidi youth.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 5/27/2014, 1:05 PM

A Facebook page for the “Al-Bustan Culture Center in Silwan” features a homemade video that appears to show an Arab man engaging in an east Jerusalem version of the anti-Semitic “knockout game.”

 

The four-second clip shows three young men dressed in hareidi garb walking with their backs to the camera, and a large bodied man in shorts and a white undershirt approaching them from behind and hitting one of them in the back of the head. The video does not show what transpired afterward, and it is quite possible that the victim and his friends fought back.

It was received with much hilarity by the Facebook page's fans, whose reactions usually begin or end with "hahahaha."

The “knockout game,” a fad that reportedly became popular over the past year, involves gangs of youths, usually black, who sucker punch innocent passersby – particularly targeting Jews in parts of New York.

It is not known whether the Facebook page for Al Bustan Culture Center in Silwan is connected to the Wadi Hilweh Information Center, which is located in Silwan, or Shiloah, adjacent to the City of David. 

This is not the first time in which Arabs videotape themselves engaging in attacks that are reminiscent of Western-style Jew-baiting.

 

Last year, a disturbing video showed a group of about 20 Arabs ganging up on two helpless hareidi-religious Jews, kicking one of them, hurling snowballs in their faces and humiliating them. At one point, one of the Jews fell to the ground, apparently slipping on the ice as he was chased up some steps.

The attack apparently took place near the Shechem Gate entrance to the Old City. The Jews were most likely on their way back from praying at the Kotel. Border Police who are usually stationed in the area are nowhere to be seen.