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Jerusalem: American killed over a cigarette

August 31, 2010 - 4:11 PM | by: Dana Karni

Lance Wolf, a 60 year old American Jewish man was attacked in Jerusalem by two teenagers after allegedly refusing to give them a cigarette, he then lay bleeding for more than 50 minutes before any of the passersby called for help.

The attack that has shocked many Israelis here happened almost two weeks ago and was caught on a CCTV camera:

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The teenagers 13 and 15 years old were celebrating a birthday with friends and drinking alcohol bought for them by an adult when they allegedly approached Wolf in the center of Jerusalem and asked for a cigarette. The suspects told police that Wolf “was insolent and cursed” them so they took revenge by beating him with a wooden plank they found nearby.

Wolf, badly injured, lay bleeding on the ground, while the video shows people passing by. After almost an hour an ambulance was called. Wolf was evacuated to Hadassah hospital but died of his wounds twelve days after the attack..

Wolf who had been living in Israel for the past two years was born in America. His family all of whom are living in the U.S. been notified.

Israeli police here appointed a special investigative unit who managed to locate and arrest the suspects but the whole case was under a gag order until Tuesday when the two were indicted on manslaughter in a Jerusalem District court.

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