A Sudanese migrant has been shot dead, after reportedly stabbing and wounding an Israeli soldier, in an apparent act of solidarity with Palestinians.
A Sudanese migrant in Israel stabbed and wounded a soldier in an apparent act of solidarity with Palestinians and was shot dead, police said.
If that motive is confirmed, it would be the first such attack by a foreigner during a four-month-old surge of Palestinian street violence fuelled in part by Muslim anger at perceived Jewish encroachment on a contested Jerusalem shrine.
In the occupied West Bank, a tent used as a synagogue near an Israeli outpost was the target of a suspected arson attack in which several Torah scrolls were burned.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called at the weekly meeting of his cabinet on Sunday for international condemnation of “this heinous act” and said it should equal the outcry over the desecration of mosques by suspected Jewish militants in recent years.
Police, commenting on the stabbing in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon, said the suspect lightly wounded a soldier at a bus station and fled, pursued by another soldier who shot him.
“The behaviour, the location, the flight, the targeting of a soldier – all of these add up to a nationalistic attack,” Ashkelon police chief Shimon Portal told reporters, using a term Israelis often apply to Palestinian violence.
Before he died, the wounded suspect “mumbled a few unclear statements in Arabic but otherwise did not say a word,” Portal said.
Thousands of Sudanese have entered Israel illegally through neighbouring Egypt in recent years, some seeking work and others asylum.