Two Israelis Arrested for Knife Attacks Against Eritreans

Two Israelis Arrested for Alleged Knife Attacks Against Eritreans


Mohammed and Zakaria Elabeid reportedly targeted dark-skinned people in revenge after a club brawl.


Sharon Pulwer | |  Feb 20, 2016



Two young men were indicted Thursday for attacks in Tel Aviv in which they allegedly targeted every dark-skinned person they encountered one night.

Attacks by Mohammed Elabeid, 26, and Zakaria Elabeid, 21, are thought to be revenge after a club brawl against Eritreans living in Israel, prosecutors say. The two men are from Ramle and Lod.

At the Tel Aviv District Court, the two were charged with aggravated battery, robbery, assault and conspiracy to commit a crime. Zakaria Elabeid was also charged with obstruction of justice.

The two were allegedly involved in the brawl at the Kit-Kat Club on Galil Street in south Tel Aviv. Afterwards, Mohammed Elabeid called a taxi driver he knew and asked him to take him to Lod, prosecutors say.

They say the two had the driver drive around, and when a dark-skinned person passed by, the Elabeids asked the driver to stop. The two then attacked the passerby with knives and screwdrivers, returned to the cab and continued on. This happened four different times, the indictment says.

Mohammed Elabeid has previous convictions for importing and selling drugs, and served a 10-month prison sentence. Zakaria Elabeid has no criminal record.


Two Israelis Arrested for Knife Attacks Against Eritreans