Arrests over latest attack on Bet Shemesh woman

By Jennifer Lipman, January 25, 2012

Israeli police have arrested five suspects over an attack on a woman who was putting up posters in Bet Shemesh.

The incident, which police said involved strictly Orthodox men, saw Natalie Mashiach pelted with stones. The 27-year-old's car's tyres were slashed and she was surrounded by a group of men.

She was putting up an advert for Israel's national lottery at the time.

One of the stones thrown left her with mild injuries.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said that more arrests were expected over what happened.

It is the latest incident to highlight the tension between Israel's religious and secular populations. Last month an eight-year-old girl in Bet Shemesh was spat at on her way to school for allegedly dressing immodestly.

Last updated: 4:08pm, January 25 2012