JERUSALEM (AP) – Israeli police say they have launched an investigation into reports soccer fans swarmed into a Jerusalem mall chanting anti-Arab slogans and beat Palestinian workers there.
Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld says supporters of the Beitar soccer team went to the mall on Monday night after a match.
Video footage posted on YouTube shows dozens of young men dressed in Beitar colors shouting, “Death to Arabs.”
Rosenfeld said Sunday that by the time police arrived the crowd had dispersed.
Witnesses told Israel’s Haaretz newspaper that Palestinian mall cleaners were beaten and customers were spat on.
Rosenfeld said no investigation was launched before the Haaretz article stirred a controversy because no one sought medical attention or filed complaints.
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