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Bibikir Adham-Abdo fled his native Darfur (Hebrew and English) nine years ago during the civil war. During one especially savage battle, he lost several fingers. Eventually, he made his way across the Sinai desert to Israel, where he found work in the resort hotels of Eilat. Because he is a refugee with no legal status (which Israel refuses to offer), he was picked up by the Border Police and thrown into the Holot detention camp in the Negev desert. He was released, but told he could not go back to Eilat or move to Tel Aviv. That left other smaller cities, where he might find pockets of other refugees with whom he might some sense of community. So he went to Petah Tikvah, a central Israel town near Tel Aviv.
Two weeks ago, Bibikir, age 40, joined his roommate for an evening of drinking and socializing downtown, where other young people and foreign workers congregate. According to Ynet (Hebrew), three Israeli girls were sitting and chatting when Bibikir approached them. They fled (he was inebriated according to the Haaretz account) from him screaming that he should get away from them. Suddenly, a Israeli Jewish youth appeared, approached Bibikir and yelled at him. The victim then raised his hands in resignation and turned away. With his back turned, the attacker kicked him and threw a bottle of beer at him. He kicked him more till he fell on the ground. The kicking continued. He beat him all over his upper body including his back and head as the victim lay defenseless on the sidewalk.
As the victim tried to get up, Barshevitz arrived on the scene and gave him such furious kicks that Bibikir fell back on the pavement and struck his head. After the victim’s body began making frightening rumbling sounds showing physical distress, they fled.
Security cameras show them beating him mercilessly for almost an entire hour. Whenever the victim attempted to raise his head, they beat him more. Clearly, no one came to his aid.
At 2AM, emergency services found him mortally wounded and brought him to the hospital. There he lingered for eight days before succumbing to his wounds. Though the crime happened two weeks ago, until Haaretz published a story about it no one had even been arrested. Curiously, two days later the two suspects were arrested. One is 19 years old and the other a minor, age 16.
Later, when police arrived at Dennis Bershevitz’s (the older suspect) home, he refused to appear for questioning. When a police van appeared at his home to take him into custody, he fled and was later captured. The State prosecutor is already tamping down expectations of a murder conviction, arguing that the cold-blooded murder was actually a “spontaneous” act. Since the coroner could not attribute with specificity which blow killed Bibikir, each suspect is blaming the other for the fatal one.
Haaretz quotes a Jewish resident of Petah Tikvah justifying the violence: “Look at the streets here. It’s like Harlem! A fifth column.”
While I’ve not been able to establish a direct connection between the murderers and groups like Lehava, which advocate violence against Palestinians, Christians and Africans–this is part of their modus operandi. The attack is a mark of Kahanist thuggery, of which Lehava makes a specialty.
Comments on Facebook have been even more disgusting and virulent:
David Elimelech: “Now’s the time to exterminate all the refugees. They’re the ooze from the garbage.
Nechama NB: “…If they want Jewish girls they should die. Or send them back to their jungle! The Sudanese infiltrator is no refugee.”
Sara Malul: “One less, wonderful. This is the way to send them packing back to from where they came. Most are terrorists. Sudanese are even worse than Arabs.”
Oved Sason: “[They’re] garbage created by Satan, these infiltrators.”
Add to this the incitement from Bibi Netanyahu and other Israeli leaders during last week’s raging forest fires, when they accused Palestinians of setting them in acts of arson. Though 30 people were arrested for arson, only one has been indicted. That person had no terrorist motive at all. Most of the others have been released. This is the state of current affairs in Israel. A nation seething with hate, ready at a moment’s notice to blame the weak and vulnerable for the most savage crimes. When in reality, it is Israeli hate which leads to the most savage crimes against the victims.
Israel under its far-right government has much in common with the incoming Trump administration. Woe betide us all…
H/t to Ofer Neiman.