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Israel border officers in home custody after brutal attack on transgender woman

Sunday, January 5, 2014

TEL AVIV, Israel — A group of 11 men have been remanded to home custody after allegedly attacking a transgender woman early Saturday morning in Tel Aviv, reported the Daily Ha’aretz.

The suspects, residents of the city of Yavne and in their twenties, are reportedly officers in Israel’s Border Police force, although they were off-duty at the time, according to Yavniton, a local news outlet.

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Tel Aviv

According to police reports, the 11 men spotted the transgender woman as they left a south Tel-Aviv nightclub, and proceeded to violently beat and attack her with an electric stun gun and pepper spray.

The men, who wore masks during the attack, attempted to flee the crime scene with two vehicles but were arrested by Israel’s police after a short pursuit.

The men have now been remanded to home custody pending an investigation and trial.

According to Ha’aretz, police recorded the motivation for the crime as “out of boredom” and “prank” rather than a transphobic hate crime.

The woman suffered light injuries and did not require medical treatment.

Yediot Aharonot Daily reported that, “in (an) insensitive oversight, police misidentified the transgendered woman’s sex in the report.”

Israel’s LGBT community was also outraged by widespread “transphobic” media coverage, which “explained” that a transgender woman is “a man dressed as a woman” and for also reporting the attack as a “prank.”

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Niki Sever, an Israeli transgender activist, told LGBTQ Nation: “I do not know what upset me more, that violent case occurred in my country or the way the media emphasized the identity of the victim.”

“The victim’s identity is very important as to emphasize that this was a transphobic hate crime” said Sever.

Project Gila, an Israeli transgender advocacy group, called upon media organizations to report transgender issues more responsibly.

In a statement Gila said the report is just the “tip of the icebergs of many incidents that go unreported.”

The Aguda, Israel’s main LGBT advocacy organization said “this brutal attack shows … how the transgender community primarily suffers from such violence.”

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21 more reader comments:

  1. That’s the punishment for beating and assaulting a person?

    Posted on Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 11:44pm
  2. Wow. What an Affective Punishment… -__-

    Posted on Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 11:47pm
  3. I think I’m going to be sick….if my girlfriend ever went through this I’d be on a fucking rampage.

    Posted on Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 11:50pm
  4. That isn’t the punishment the attack is still being investigated and, as in the United States, in Israel a person is innocent until proven guilty. If they are proven guilty in Court they will go to prison just as if it were in the States.

    Posted on Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 11:50pm
  5. that is the way it used to be in the states... now civilian law is more like military law and you are assumed guilty until you prove your innocence... thank you 9/11 and G.W. Bush with Homeland Security.

    Replied on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 12:26am
  6. This makes me really sad!

    Posted on Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 11:51pm
  7. Prank my ass! Innocent until proven guilty is BS! They assaulted her regardless otherwise they wouldn’t have been arrested! I hope the judge convicts them for their so called “prank” – hate is hate wether it be verbal or physical! Charge the bastards already!

    Posted on Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 11:54pm
  8. SO SAD

    Posted on Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 11:55pm
  9. Throw them in jail because no one deserves to be treated like that no matter who you are or what country you are from

    Posted on Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 11:56pm
  10. This the great democracy of the middle east lol

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 12:04am
  11. They have flaws but in Gaza it´s far worse for lgbts and trans can´t even exist there (nor in most of the orthodox muslim countries),you know it.Even in countries such as Tadjikistan, which seem secular and more influenced by westernized Russians ,the situation of lgbts is far worse than in Israel.

    Replied on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 12:54am
  12. Assholes

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 12:12am
  13. in tel aviv of all places :(

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 12:21am
  14. At least in Israel the attackers are being sued and may go to jail,if their guilty is proven : “The men, who wore masks during the attack, attempted to flee the crime scene with two vehicles but were arrested by Israel’s police after a short pursuit.” Here in Brazil, trans people are killed on a daily basis and this has been going on for decades and nothing is done about it in most cases ! In one recent case, one was stabbed and went from door to door an not a single neighbor opened the door to help ! I´m just curious to know what cultural segmen these guys belong to,cause I believe they are from some fundamentalist groups,and a specific one comes to my mind…

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 12:45am
  15. I hope they will do the right thing and I hope the press gets the message and corrects their errors.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 12:59am
  16. How about jail? Home detention in Israel is the same as, living with your Mum.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 1:35am
  17. They should be in front of a Firing Squad!

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 1:55am
  18. Jail for this monsters!!! killers!!

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 2:08am
  19. this is absolutely vile and disgusting! just plain hateful and hate-filled! boredom as a motive for criminal assault?! and these are men employed as police officers?! This is a direct result of middle-eastern homophobia and misogyny being accepted as a part of society… THERE WILL BE NO ADVANCEMENT OF HUMANKIND UNTIL THE LINES OF RIGHT AND WRONG ARE CLEARLY DEFINED! there is no excuse under the sun to gang assault an innocent human being… not boredom, nor hatred… make it right… and Police Officers should know that.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 2:25am
  20. Sickening world we live in.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 2:46am
  21. Make you want to go to Israel real bad, NOT! The least they should get is losing their jobs and 5 years in jail each. Israel just got a big black eye and put them on a par with Russia. BB better do something quick.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 2:49am