Police Arrest Snowstorm Assailants

YERUSHALAYIM -

Israeli police announced the arrest of nine Arabs from east Yerushalayim who were involved in an attack against two chareidim returning from the Kosel during the snowstorm a week and a half ago, The Jerusalem Post reported.

The chareidim were assailed by about 20 Arabs as they tried to leave Damascus Gate in the Old City. The Arabs threw snowballs at them from close range and tried to steal one of their hats.

A video of the incident, in the which the assailants were clearly identifiable, was widely circulated and provoked considerable outrage. Police arrested three Arabs last weekend and six Arabs from the Old City on Sunday night, both minors and adults.

United Torah Judaism MK Rabbi Yisrael Eichler, who had demanded that police find the perpetrators, thanked Public Security Minister Yitzchak Aharonovich for making the investigation a priority, Arutz Sheva reported.

Speaking at the Knesset, he also expressed hope that the culprits would receive swift and harsh punishment.

“The honor of Jews going to and from the Kosel cannot be compromised. Punishing these attackers will ensure that [future] attacks do not take place,” Eichler said.