Transcripts of the interrogation of Jamal Julani’s assailants paint a picture of racism and brutality
Times of Israel
The police on Thursday released transcripts of the interrogation of the teenagers accused of brutally attacking and seriously injuring Jamal Julani on August 17.
Nine teens were indicted on Tuesday in Jerusalem District Court. In another indictment Tuesday, seven minors, including a 15-year-old girl, were accused of similar crimes relating to the attack.
Investigators asked one of the defendants, suspected to be the main assailant, how he would respond if Julani had died from his injuries. “Great,” the youth replied, “let him die. He’s an Arab son of a bitch. What did he think, that he would curse my mother? When I attacked him I was going to stab him in the ribs to let him realize my mom is no child’s play. He knows exactly why he is in the hospital.”
The youth recounted the events leading up to the violent event.
“We went to look for Arabs, to hit them and beat the crap out of them, and I went ahead of everyone and I met the Arab who was swearing. I got upset and yelled, ‘Here’s an Arab,’ and some more guys came with me and then R. [the 15-year-old girl perceived as the instigator] got there and gave him a slap in the back. He tried to get up but I hit him with my foot in his pelvic area, and then all the guys beat him up. He had a face that required a beating.”
“I hate Arabs because this is a Jewish state,” said another defendant. “I can’t shout ‘Jews are sweethearts and Arabs are sons of bitches,’ but they are allowed to rape Jewish girls?”
The 15-year-old girl charged with involvement in the incident maintained her innocence. When asked whether she was a racist, she replied, “No, not at all. I have nothing against Arabs, in fact I had an Arab boyfriend.”
The girl said when she disclosed this on the evening of the attack, “everyone was calling me a whore before I started swearing at Arabs.”
She added the other defendants threatened her and ordered her to withhold the truth about what happened in the violent event.
The attack drew widespread condemnation from Israel’s leaders, including Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu, President Shimon Peres, Vice Prime Minister Moshe Ya’alon and Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat.