Ultra-Orthodox Jew beats boy, 7, for riding bicycle close to Shabbat

Child with broken hand illustration 
By: Debbie Gross

A little boy was hospitalized after being beaten by an ultra-Orthodox Jew for riding his bicycle on Friday afternoon close to Shabbat, according to hospital officials in Israel.

The incident happened when a boy, 7, drove his bicycle on Rav Hai Gaon Street in the Israeli city of Bnei Brak Friday evening. The Israeli city of Bnei Brak is heavily populated by ultra-Orthodox Jews.

The man, who erroneously believed that the boy is desecrating Shabbat, began shouting Shabbat, hit the child in the head and pushed the child. The boy fell off his bike and was injured.

Passerby alerted United Hatzalah rescue workers, who arrived at the scene shortly thereafter to treat the injured child.
The emergency rescue workers determined that the child was suffering from a broken hand and from head trauma. A Magen David Adom ambulance took the child to Tel Hashomer Hospital in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv.

Zeevi Tepper of United Hatzalah of Bnei Brak said: "I received a call about fifteen minutes after candle lighting time and way before sunset. I rushed over to the scene and I saw the child lying in the road while complaining of pain in his hand and head. The child said that a man shouted at him, and punched him. As a result of the beating the child fell and was injured. While I was administering first aid treatment to the child, the frightened parents arrived. A Magen David Adom ambulance took them all to the hospital in Tel Aviv."