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Israeli Police Officers Arrested Following Attack on Transgender Woman

A transgender woman was attacked Saturday morning by a group of men, and the suspects include off-duty members of Israel's Border Police.

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24th February 2014 10:24

Alessia Valenza

An Israeli transgender woman was assaulted by a group of masked men in their 20 Saturday morning, reports Israeli news source Haaretz.

The suspects reportedly attacked the woman using pepper spray and a stun gun after leaving a nightclub in southern Tel Aviv early Saturday morning. Following the attack, the men fled the scene in two vehicles, but they were apprehended by police after a short pursuit.

Eleven men have been arrested in connection with the crime, which police say was motivated by boredom and was a “prank,” rather than as a result of homophobia or transphobia, according to Haaretz. According to one local news outlet, Yavniton, between nine and 11 of the suspects are officers in Israel’s Border Police.

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