Mid-flight at­tack on Is­raeli man

The Jewish Chronicle - - WORLD NEWS - BY NAOMI FIRSHT

A SU­DANESE man has been ar­rested af­ter he at­tempted to mur­der an Is­raeli pas­sen­ger on board an Ethiopian Air­lines flight.

The 54-year-old vic­tim, named only as Arik, was trav­el­ling from Chad to Ethiopia last week when the at­tacker at­tempted to choke him.

Arik told Ynet: “About 20 min­utes be­fore the plane started its de­scent, the pas­sen­ger sit­ting be­hind me iden­ti­fied me as Is­raeli and Jewish.

“He came up be­hind my seat and started to choke me with a lot of force.

“He hit me over the head with a me­tal tray and shouted ‘ Al­lahu ak­bar’ [God is great] and ‘I will slaugh­ter the Jew’. Just be­fore I was about to lose con­scious­ness, I man­aged to call out and a flight at­ten­dant sum­moned her col­leagues.”

Ac­cord­ing to Arik, a Le­banese trav­eller who came to his res­cue said that af­ter be­ing over­pow­ered the at­tacker tried to con­vince the other pas­sen­gers to “fin­ish him off” in a lynch­ing.

Ethiopian Air­lines said: “The at­tacker is due in court. We are sorry for the in­ci­dent and will do every­thing we can to pre­vent fur­ther at­tacks on our Is­raeli cus­tomers.” Arik was taken to an air­port clinic be­fore con­tin­u­ing to Tel Aviv.

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