The Arab, who was attacked and brutally beaten by the Jewish mafia in Bat Yam on Wednesday, recounted the ordeal, while continuing to call for Jewish-Arab coexistence.
Said Musa, a father of four from Ramla, was driving his car to get some fresh air on the beach after dark when he was approached by dozens of far-right Jewish extremists who rioted and desecrated Arab property. was a response to Arab riots and riots that broke out during the week.
Musa was in a traffic jam when the hooligans who attacked him identified him as an Arab.
“I was going to the beach. I didn’t know they were starting to differentiate between Jews and Arabs [in the country]“, – he told Channel 12 from his hospital bed at the Ichilov Medical Center.
Screenshot of a video of Jewish demonstrators pulling an Arab out of their car in Bet Yam, May 21, 2021 (Twitter)
“I was on the road. Someone came up to me and asked: “What are you, an Arab?” I told him, “Yes, is there something wrong with that?” After that, I saw that 30 people attacked my car, ”he said.
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Musa tried to turn back from the crowd, but was hit by a car behind him. Then it accelerated, people jumped out of the road before crashing into another car. The crowd then pulled him out of the car, and some of them now claimed that he tried to run over pedestrians and beat him badly.
“I tried to escape,” he recalled. “What, I wanted to hurt people? I tried to escape, but I couldn’t. You saw what happened. ”
Musa was taken to Ichilov in serious condition. By Saturday, his condition had improved significantly.
“I went to the beach, [for] no more time. I didn’t know I would go back to my children like this, ”he said, pointing to his bruised face. “Why am I to blame? How did I deserve this? Is it my fault that I was born an Arab? ”
Despite his difficult experiences, Musa called for peace between Jews and Arabs.
“We are all human. We’ve all lived together for a long time, ”he said.
Last week, there was an escalation of interethnic tensions between Jews and Arabs in Israeli cities amid the ongoing armed conflict with the Gaza Strip.
On WednesdayIsrael experienced the worst night of internal Jewish-Arab chaos in years, as scenes of unrest, unrest, hate rallies and growing social chaos spread to numerous cities, some of which were seen as symbols of coexistence.
Several people, both Jews and Arabs, were attacked and seriously injured in shootings and beatings.
On Thursday evening, two civilians and a police officer were reportedly shot dead by Arab attackers in Lod and Ramla, and in Jaffa, a 19-year-old soldier was in serious condition after being beaten and suffered from a skull fracture and cerebral injury. hemorrhage, Ichilov Medical Center in Tel Aviv reported.
In Jaffa, a house in the Ajami area was blown up on Friday evening. wounding two Arab children – 12-year-old boy and 10-year-old girl – and prompted the police to start an investigation. Video footage of the incident showed two hooded figures walking down an alley near the house before it was attacked.
Mor Ganashvili, an Israeli who was attacked by the Arab mafia, at the Ichilov Medical Center, May 14, 2021 (video screenshot)
Mor Ganashvili, the man who was seriously injured in an Arab mafia attack in the northern city of Akko on Wednesday, told Channel 12 that he recalled that he thought he would not make it out alive.
“The crowd just rushed into my car. They tried to open the door to get me out [out] and attack me, ”he said on Friday.
Israel’s leaders have called for calm when calling in reserve forces in the police and border police, as regular law enforcement agencies have been suppressed by the number of violent incidents across the country.
Hundreds of people were arrested for participating in the riots.
Arab protests in support of Palestinians in Jerusalem and at the Temple Mount / Haram al-Sharif hotspots spread throughout the country earlier in the week, prompting Jewish revenge attacks. Several people were shot by the attackers, others were beaten by an angry mob on both sides, and many of the attacks were filmed.
Medics evacuate a wounded man during clashes between Arabs and Jews in Akko, northern Israel, May 12, 2021 (Roni Ofer / Flash90)
Friday Israel Shin Bet security agency announced he will contribute to efforts to prevent violence between Jews and Arabs in the cities where both live in what he called “terror in every sense.”
“We will not allow the rioters to impose terror on the streets of Israel by either Arabs or Jews,” said Shin Bet head Nadav Argaman, adding that the Shabak will use all its capabilities and act against “anyone who tries to harm the Israelis. citizens, Jews or Arabs, until calm returns to the streets of the country. ”
Local unrest between Jews and Arabs has erupted amid renewed fighting between Israel and terrorist groups in Gaza: some 2,300 rockets have been fired from the enclave since Monday evening, killing 10 people in Israel. The Israel Defense Forces responded with airstrikes on Gaza, which killed 139 people, according to the Hamas-led health ministry. Israel says dozens of those killed in Gaza were terrorists.