Six Israeli men charged for assaulting Arabs who date Jewish women

Six Israeli men charged for assaulting Arabs who date Jewish women

The men were attacked with knives, clubs and metal bars (Stock image)

Monday, April 24, 2017

Six Israeli men have been charged with assaulting Arabs due to their relationships with Jewish women.

The Arab men were allegedly attacked with knives, clubs and metal bars between December 2016 and April. At least six incidents took place.

The six men were charged in Be’er Sheva and two of the group are soldiers, Haaretz claims.

The suspects are aged between 17 and 20. One of the six men, aged 19, is accused of stabbing a man several times in his chest, stomach, back and arm.

Police said that the aim of the attack was to “prevent the ‘assimilation’ of Jews and Arabs in Be’er Sheva."

A statement cited by AFP also claims that some of the men were influenced by the extreme right-wing group Lehava, which has made videos calling for Jewish women to be saved from the Arab men they are married to.

The attackers have been charged with aggravated assault as well as terrorism offences, according to the Southern District of the State Prosecutor’s Office.

But the defendants' lawyers claim they were not able to speak to the Israeli men for several days after their arrest, and allege that the men have been through “significant emotional duress."