It very clear that the attack was a hate crime
Two Jewish men savagely hit on Thursday at dawn Arab taxi driver with glass bottles, leaving him with severe face and head injuries.
Fadi Abed, 41, is the taxi driver. He told his friends that the two Jews checked his identity and became sure he is Arabic before entering his cab.
Later on, he said, they intentionally asked him to go to a dark area of Jerusalem’s Kiryat HaYovel Settlement and savagely beat him.
According to the Israeli police, the two Jews aged 20 and 23. The police claimed that they were under the influence of alcohol.
Rani Abed, brother of the taxi drivers, said about the incident: “He picked up two young men from Jerusalem and took them from place to place.”
He continued: “There was no conversation during the drive. Before getting into the taxi, they made sure he was speaking Arabic. They got to one destination and then asked to go to another destination, knowing it was a dark place near Kiryat HaYovel.”
Then, he continued: “When they got to the place, they pulled out two bottles for no reason and without any provocation hit Fadi in the head with them. He suffered serious bruising.”
Rani along many Arabs were furious with the claims of the Israeli police about the incident as the police claimed they were under influence of alcohol.
But Rami insisted: “They meant to do this from the beginning as they checked he was an Arab.”