Two young Haredi men were attacked twice by two Arab teens in Silwan, according to an indictment that was filed against one of the attackers on Sunday. During the second assault, the young men were forced by their attackers to praise Hamas.


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The Jerusalem District Prosecution filed Sunday an indictment against 19-year-old Silwan resident Ahmad Faroukh for carrying out a racially motivated attack against two young Haredi men. The attack took place on December 30 in the early morning hours.

According to the indictment, Faroukh and one of his friends saw the two young men as they were walking through the East Jerusalem neighborhood to reach the Shiloah spring. Faroukh’s friend approached the Jewish men and suddenly beat one of them in the head. The men escaped by running away and then hiding behind a car in the area.

The two eventually made it to the spring and bathed there as they had planned to do all along. They then left the spring but encountered Faroukh and his friend when they were walking to the Western Wall. This time, both Faroukh and his friend approached the young Jewish men and assaulted them.

During the second attack, Faroukh and his friend forced the young Haredi boys to repeat statements praising Hamas and criticizing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. They were also forced to kiss their attackers’ hands and repeat the Shahada, the Arabic statement that a person says in order to convert to Islam.