Three Jewish boys from Jerusalem were kidnapped by an Arab driver and surrounded by a lynch-mob just before police rescued them Friday.
The three boys entered a car - a cab according to some accounts - at the French Hill junction in northern Jerusalem and asked to be brought to the town of Beit El, north of the capital.
The driver, an Israeli-Arab, drove into the Arab neighborhood of Shuafat instead, home to a radical neighborhood considered a refugee camp for the past 60 years. There, two other men joined him, demanding the youths’ money and cell phones.
The driver and his accomplices threw the boys out of the cab in the middle of the camp, where an angry mob began surrounding them.
One of the boys managed to call 100, Israel’s version of 911, before his phone was taken away and Police arrived just as the mob was preparing to attack the youths. A conflicting report had one of the boys climbing to a rooftop and screaming for help, alerting the police. The crowd dispersed and police announced that the incident was “criminally motivated.”
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