Palestinians in hospital after alleged mob beating

July 28, 2014 - 3:02:42 am

JERUSALEM: One of two Palestinians who claimed to have been savagely beaten by a Jewish mob in east Jerusalem was still in intensive care in an Israeli hospital yesterday, two days after the alleged attack.

Relatives of Amir Shweiki 20, said yesterday he was being treated at Jerusalem’s Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital after being attacked along with Samer Mahfouz, also 20, as they walked near the Jewish settlement neighbourhood of Neve Yaakov on Friday evening.

A spokeswoman for the hospital said that one of the men was “in intensive care but conscious and doing well” while the other was in a surgical ward.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said that the men alleged they were attacked by Jewish Israelis.

“They gave official testimony that they were attacked by a number of people,” he said.”We’re taking their claims very seriously.

“The investigation is continuing,” he added. “We’re still looking for suspects.”

Haaretz newspaper quoted Mahfouz as saying that he and Shweiki were assaulted by about 12 men. “They had sticks and iron bars and they hit us over the head,” he said.

Tensions between Palestinians and Israelis in east Jerusalem plunged to a new low on July 2 when 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khder was snatched from an east Jerusalem street and later found burned alive.