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West Bank Palestinian Worker Stabs His Jewish Employer

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An Arab worker stabbed his Jewish employer in the arm and chest on Monday, but caused only moderate wounds.

Police later arrested a 28-year-old Palestinian suspect who had worked at the factory. His identity was not disclosed, though he was said to be from Bir Zeit, in the West Bank.

The incident, at the Atarot industrial area north of Jerusalem, occurred when the worker walked in to the office of Eliezer Sobol and told him he would not be able to work Tuesday.

When Sobol asked for the reason, the longtime worker took out a knife, stabbed him and escaped from the plant.

Sobol, who lives in the West Bank settlement of Maccabim, suffered moderate wounds in the upper arm muscle and superficial wounds in the chest. He was described in fair condition at Hadassah Hospital on Mount Scopus.

The 39-year-old Sobol expressed shock at the incident. “We’ve worked together for six or seven years already, and there have never been any tensions,” he said.

Elsewhere in the administered territories, two Palestinian youth were shot dead in clashes with Israeli troops. At the Balata refugee camp in Nablus, one youth was shot dead after he allegedly hit a border policeman with a brick. A curfew was imposed on the camp.

At the Bureij refugee camp in the Gaza Strip, the body of 15-year-old Mahmoud Yassin Faraj, who died in a clash with Israeli soldiers, was snatched from a hospital and buried.

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