Israeli Arab man attacked in possible hate crime, police investigating

An Israeli Arab resident of Lod filed a complaint with the Israel Police on Monday morning, claiming that he had been attacked by three Jewish men at the entrance to his home.

Amad Abu Sharah, 56, said that the three suspects attacked him early Sunday morning because he is Arab, and then fled the scene. Police launched an investigation and are determining whether or not the action was a hate crime, or prompted by some other conflict.

Abu Sharah set out to pray at the largest mosque in Lod while wearing a white robe, and made his way home after morning prayers. He claims that at the entrance to his building in the Ramat Eshkol neighborhood, three individuals attacked him with clubs and kicked him. He reported to the police that he tried to fight back against the attackers, who left him bloody at the scene. Abu Shara’s wounds were treated at Assaf Harofeh Hospital.

Abu Sharah claims that he is not embroiled in any conflicts with anyone, and there is no reason behind the attack other than the fact that he is Arab and Muslim.

On Friday, 18-month-old Ali Saad Dawabsheh was killed early Friday morning in an arson attack in the West Bank, which was labeled an act of terrorism by Israeli politicians and defense officials. During the attack, Dawabsheh’s parents, Sa’ad and Reham, and four-year-old brother, Ahmed, all suffered serious to critical burn wounds.


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