The final moments of the martyred Husam Rwidy « Wadi Hilweh Information Center Silwan, Jerusalem

Sunday, 20 February, 2011 | 12:33

Silwan, Jerusalem (SILWANIC) Murad Khader Joulani has recalled the last moments of his friend, Husam Rwidy’s life, when they were assaulted by a group of right-wing Israeli extremist youths in West Jerusalem on 11 February. The knife attack resulted in the death of Rwidy and severe injury of Joulani.

Joulani recalls that on 11 February, the day of the attack, Rwidy and he were approached by two young Israelis on King George Street in West Jerusalem, who asked them if they were Arabs or not. Rwidy and Joulani ignored them, at which point the two youths lashed out at them with an unseen sharp implement, clearly identified as a blade. Joulani saw that Rwidy’s face was bleeding from a deep gash between his ears. Another five young Israelis then surrounded the two men and physically assaulted them.

Joulani was able to pull Rwidy in to a nearby restaurant to seek help. None of the Israeli customers assisted the two men, except for one who handed Joulani a paper napkin to remove the blood from Rwidy’s face. Joulani was then himself able to call the police, who then commenced investigation in to the incident.

Joulani denied claims made in some Israeli media that both he and Rwidy were under the influence of alcohol when the attack occured. “The investigator also asked me not to make a big fuss about this,” said Joulani.

Joulani, and the wounds from the assault appearing in his nick

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