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Fresh attack on Eritrean pub vandalized in anti-immigrant riot

A firecracker was hurled into an Eritrean bar in south Tel Aviv late Saturday night, the latest incident in mounting violence against the African asylum seeker community in Israel.

On Eritrean customer was injured in Saturday night’s incident. The bar, located in the Hatikva neighborhood of Tel Aviv, has been the target of several attacks in recent months, most notoriously on May 23, when a demonstration against the growing African population in Israel turned violent. The bar was one of several refugee-owned properties that were damaged, its windows smashed and contents looted. Read more on that night’s events here.

Amin, the owner of an Eritrean bar in south Tel Aviv, speaks to police on Saturday night (photo: Activestills)

Sigal Rozen, the public policy coordinator of the Hotline for Migrant Workers, recounted on her Facebook wall what she told the police in the aftermath of Saturday night’s attack:

I tried to explain to the policeman that Aminey suffers abuses and physical damages to his pub on a daily basis since the demonstration… the policeman answered: “It is not only him, it is all the Eritreans around here”… Aminey begs us to get him out of Israel, truly believing that it is only a matter of time before he will be murdered.


Amin, an owner of an Eritrean bar in south Tel Aviv, points to the marks left by a stun grenade thrown into his bar (photo: Activestills)

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    1. Ben

      I am sorry someone was injured by a firecracker (people in the States get killed by them sometimes july 4th) but there were two GRAD rockets that landed in the Negev. Why does 972 not report on that?

      For the record, I am glad there is a 972; but seriously, this is not really big news if it happened in a cafe w/Israelis.

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    2. Woody

      The comment on the photo says “stun grenade”, meaning this is a flash bang device used by (and stolen from) someone in the army. Having been hit by one, that tore a chunk of my underarm off, I can say that this is no “firecracker”. It’s not clear whether it was the older orange concussion grenades or a newer black flash grenade. The latter leaves it’s carrier intact while the former blows into pieces. Or maybe it was a firecracker.

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    3. Lauren

      I’ve played with fireworks when I was a kid. They don’t usually harm. Maybe burn or blow off fingers if you get hit by a whole pack. One firecracker can’t cause that damage.
      Maybe a M-80 (1/4 stick dynomite) could cause real damage…… its not considered a simple firecracker…
      …more lies from the government
      PS I still have all my fingers.

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    4. Susie Green

      The State of Israel was borne out of hatred in Europe for the Jewish people and what are the Jewish people doing today? Acting like the Europeans of the 1930’s. The decline in Israeli standards vis a vis humanity and human rights has gone down hill since Rabin was assassinated, mainly approved by the hard line right wing. So Israel has its Meshiach in the form of Bibi – as long as he and his awful inner circle rule absolute there is no hope for Israel.

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    5. Rafael

      If perpetrator was Palestinian and victim Jewish, this would be called terrorism.

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