6 Israeli men facing charges for beating Arabs who date Jewish women

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(RT)Be’er Sheva: A group of Arab men were assaulted by six young Israeli men for their relationship with Jewish women. The Israeli men are aged between 17 and 20, and two of them are soldiers, according to Haaretz.

One of the victims was stabbed several times by the knife in his back, chest, abdomen, and arm by a 19-year-old Raz Ben-Shalom Amitzur.

The aim of the assaults was to “prevent the ‘assimilation’ of Jews and Arabs in Be’er Sheva,” police said. Extreme right group Lehava also made videos calling for “saving Jewish women who are married to Arabs,” and some of the attackers were influenced by the footage, the statement cited by AFP added.

The men have been charged with terrorism offenses, as well as aggravated assault, the indictment issued by the Southern District of the State Prosecutor’s Office said.

However, lawyers for the defendants complained that they were unable to see their clients for several days following the arrest. Also, they said that the Israeli men had to deal with “significant emotional duress,” being handcuffed for hours and subjected to “difficult and long questioning.”

Arabs constitute about 17.5 percent of the Israeli population, and the latest incidents would not be the first time that Jewish men targeted Arab-Jewish relationships. Back in 2014, Lehava group members attacked the wedding of a Muslim man and Jewish woman near Tel Aviv, shouting racist slogans, including “Death to Arabs!”