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Jewish man stabs Arab Israeli in hate attack

JERUSALEM: A man allegedly shouting “death to Arabs” stabbed and wounded an Arab Israeli on Monday in the town of Herzliya near Tel Aviv, police said.

Spokeswoman Luba Samri said in a statement that police arrested a local Jewish Israeli suspected of the attack, in which a municipal cleaner from the Galilee village of Kafr Manda was lightly injured.

She said the suspect confessed to the assault and “claimed he committed the act for nationalistic reasons”.

Since last summer’s deadly war in Gaza, tensions have been high between Jews and Arabs living inside Israel, and there has been a series of lone-wolf Palestinian attacks on Israelis.

The Israeli Arab community has its roots in the 160,000 Palestinians who stayed on their land after the creation of Israel in 1948.

Today they and their descendants number around 1.3 million, about 20 percent of the population. – AFP

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