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Israeli arrested for suspected involvement in stabbing death of Palestinian

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Israeli police arrested an Israeli settler on Wednesday for alleged involvement in an incident in which a Palestinian man was stabbed to death the previous day in the northern West Bank.

The man, an Israeli settler in his 40s, was held as an accomplice and not on suspicion of carrying out the stabbing himself, according to the Kan public broadcaster.

Palestinian witnesses said Ali Hassan Harb, a 27-year-old engineer, was stabbed in the heart by a settler on the outskirts of his hometown of Iskaka late on Tuesday afternoon. A group of Israelis had arrived in the area with construction materials in an apparent attempt to build a new illegal outpost.

The detained Israeli’s lawyer said in a statement that his client had narrowly survived an assault by dozens of Palestinians.

“This was an event in which Jews were miraculously saved. This was a grave incident of Arabs attacking Jews,” said Adi Kedar, an attorney at Honenu, a right-wing legal aid organization that often represents Jews accused of hate crimes.

Israel Police said on Tuesday that the identity of the stabber was still unknown. Police declined to comment any further, citing a gag order barring “any details of the investigation” from being published.

أُعلن استشهاد الشاب علي حسن حرب (27 عاماً) متأثراً بإصابته بطعنة مباشرة في القلب على يد مستوطن في قرية إسكاكا شرق سلفيت.. علي كان يتصدى مع عدد من الأهالي لمستوطنين نصبوا خيمة في أرض تقع غرب القرية بهدف الاستيلاء عليها. pic.twitter.com/2jf9FbX2oK

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But Harb’s death is also being investigated by both the Shin Bet security service and Israel Police’s Nationalist Crimes Unit in the Judea and Samaria Division, which often investigates Jewish extremist violence.

The incident took place in the late afternoon on Tuesday. According to Harb’s father Hassan, the family received word from a........

© The Times of Israel

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