Police say evidence links Shapira neighborhood resident to recent firebomb attack on homes of African refugees
Police arrested a 20-year-old resident of Tel Aviv on suspicion of throwing Molotov cocktails at the homes of asylum-seeking migrants in the city’s Shapira neighborhood, Ynet reported Sunday.
Firebombs were hurled overnight Friday at four homes in which African migrants reside and towards another apartment which also serves as a kindergarten. No injuries were reported, but the structures were damaged.
Investigators have gathered forensic evidence that allegedly links the suspect to the crime. Police are still trying to determine whether the suspect had any accomplices.
Following the incident, some 200 social activists held a rally in the Shapira neighborhood on Friday in support of the migrants. “It was just a matter of time,” said Orit Marom of the Aid Organization for Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Israel. “The incitement against asylum-seekers is terrible. Israelis spit at them on the street.”
Dori, a neighborhood resident, said that while she is against hurling firebombs, it is the migrants who usually instigate the violence. “We are afraid to walk the streets or send our children to the park alone,” she said.
Another Shapira resident said: “We are not a sewer in which all the refugees are thrown into. They should be scattered all over the country. Let us live.”