Mousa Abu Ayadeh says that he expects anti-Arab discrimination in Israel. But he never imagined he would be the victim of a violent vigilante attack, as he was on June 30.
Abu Ayadeh told AlterNet he “was beaten and stabbed by ten Israeli men.” He suspects the crime was in retaliation for the killing of three Israeli youth who had been kidnapped on June 12 and were found dead just a few hours before he was attacked.
Around 1.7 million Palestinian citizens make up a minority in Israel and reside in cities, towns and villages across the country. Abu Ayadeh lives in Kafr Qassem, a town in Israel that hugs the West Bank border and is situated close to a number of Israeli settlements.
On June 30, the bodies of Naftali Frenkel and Eyal Yifrah, both 16 years old, and Gilad Shaer, 19, were discovered in a Palestinian village in the southern occupied West Bank after being reportedly shot by Palestinian militants. Since then, there have been numerous attacks by Israeli settlers and civilians against Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Israel.