Arabs Attacked Vehicle, Driver in Jerusalem

Jewish couple narrowly escaped an unruly Arab mob with their lives earlier this month, after vagrants attacked their vehicle.

Ido Ben-Porat, Tova Dvorin ,

Arabs stoning an Israeli vehicle
Arabs stoning an Israeli vehicle

The Jerusalem District Attorney's Office filed an indictment against Muhammad Dabash, 29, and Yousef Adwallah, 22, of Sur Baher on Friday, on charges of racially-motivated aggravated assault, rioting, and sabotage. 

According to the indictment, which was filed in the Jerusalem District Court, the two attacked a Jewish couple near Jerusalem's Armon HaNetziv neighborhood two weeks ago, at roughly 12:30 am. 

The couple had changed their route into Jerusalem due to a police checkpoint on the road connecting Armon HaNetziv to Hevron, it said, and attempted to travel through Kibbutz Ramat Rahel instead. 

When the kibbutz gate was closed to vehicular traffic, the couple then rerouted to a road close to Sur Baher; the two Arabs and several dozen others then descended upon the vehicle, masked and armed. 

The Jewish couple began to panic, fearing for their lives, according to the indictment; the incident was amidst mass anti-Semitic rioting throughout Jerusalem several weeks ago after the launch of Operation Brother's Keeper. 

The two called the police hotline, Moked 100, begging the officers to intervene as their car was pummeled with rocks. 

The rioters also threw a large municipal garbage can to the side of the vehicle facing traffic, hindering the car from moving and causing extensive damage to the passenger's side. 

Meanwhile, one of the men approached the driver's side door, ripped it open, and began trying to extricate the terrified driver by force, yelling, "Yahud Yahud Ha'da Yehud" (Arabic: "It's a Jew, it's a Jew!") and (in Hebrew) "Leave the vehicle!". 

At least 15 Arabs also surrounded the vehicle during the attack, throwing rocks, glass bottles, and beating it with their hands, screaming "Allahu Akhbar!". 

The driver managed to stay in his vehicle due to his seat belt being fastened and putting up a significant fight against the attackers. He eventually managed to close the door on the hands of his assailants - injuring them and startling them just long enough to flee the assault. 

The violent mob attempted to chase after the vehicle - lobbing more glass, rocks, and shrapnel at it - until giving up due to the driver's speed. Shrapnel injured both the driver and passenger during the attack.