Report: Left-wing activist assaulted near West Bank settlement

Cnaan Liphshiz

(JTA) — Israeli police said they were searching for a Jew accused of assaulting near Nablus a leader of the Rabbis for Human Rights organization.

The man, which The Jerusalem Post reported was described as a right-wing Jewish Israeli activist, on Friday allegedly lunged while holding a knife at Arik Acherman, who was not injured.

Acherman was helping Palestinians harvest olives near the settlement of Itamar near the West Bank city of Nablus, according to a spokesman for the group.

“The activist ran toward him [Ascherman] in a threatening way with a drawn knife,” a spokesman for Rabbis for Human Rights said.

A spokesman for the Judea and Samaria district of the Israel Police said that Ascherman and other Israeli left-wing activists remained in the grove after Palestinian farmers had finished their work there. An altercation broke out between the left-wing activists and right-wing ones, the police said.

The spokesman added that officers were searching for the man suspected to attempting to stab Ascherman, who was not named.

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