TEL AVIV (Feb. 19)
Eight recent immigrants from Soviet Georgia were arrested yesterday on suspicion of having beaten to death an Arab from Nazareth they suspected of having a romantic liaison with-a-Jewish woman. The eight are expected to be charged with manslaughter. All are residents of Upper Nazareth, a new immigrant settlement.
The incident, which took place Friday evening, aroused tension between the immigrant community and Nazareth Arabs. Extra police were-on hand to maintain order at the victim’s funeral today. The murdered man was Subhi Nassir, 45, the father of seven children.
According to police, he was assaulted by the suspects while sitting in a car with a Russian Jewish woman, identified as Regina Polakovskaya, 48. She is married and arrived in Israel from Russia six months ago. The Arab was dragged from the car and fatally beaten. He died in a hospital. The woman was also injured and her hair was shaved off. She told police the Arab was giving her a driving lesson.