On Friday, dozens of Israeli teenagers - including girls and boys - were involved in an attempted lynching of four young Palestinians who passed through Jaffa Street in downtown Jerusalem.
One of the Palestinians almost died. One of the suspects, a boy of 15 whose identity was not revealed, said on Monday that the journalists were in court that "for me, it is better to die", in reference to the wounded.
According to police, the conflict came when dozens of teenagers began chasing the young Palestinians chanting "death to Arabs" and other racist insults content. There is no precedent in the history of Israel as serious crimes motivated by ethnic hatred, and committed by people so young.
One of the Palestinians, Jamal Julani, 17, was in critical condition after being punched and kicked in the head, came to suffer cardiac arrest and was resuscitated by rescue workers who arrived at the scene.
This Monday the suspects were taken to court and the judge ruled Jerusalem prolongation of detention, despite being underage.
According to police, most teenagers who were involved in the incident should be arrested soon. The police also said that one of the girls in the group urged the boys to assaulting young Palestinians.
The representative of the Police Court, Shmuel Shenhav, said that "it was a real lynching, the wounded man lost consciousness and was already considered dead, until the arrival of paramedics who performed CPR. This is a very serious crime that only by a miracle did not end in death. "
The police also mentioned that dozens of passersby were no witnesses to the assault and intervened.
Zahava Galon Congresswoman, the social democratic party Meretz, said the crime committed by adolescents is "shocking." In an interview with Radio Kol Israel, the deputy assigned responsibility to the judicial system, she said, "does not deal sufficiently energetic those who incite hatred in Israeli society."
For the educator Nurit Peled Elhanan of Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the behavior of teenagers involved in the attempted lynching is "a direct result of the education they receive in schools and their parents."
In an interview with BBC Brasil, the educator said that "the Israeli education system teaches children to hate Arabs in general and Palestinians in particular."
"Children are taught both by schools, by parents, that all Arabs want to kill them, and grow without developing any sense of human empathy with them," she said.
"Hence, even physical aggression, the distance is not great, and we are now seeing the fruits of education these children receive," added Elhanan.
Vice Prime Minister Moshe Yaalon called the attempted lynching as "terrorism."