BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- An ultra-Orthodox Jewish Israeli stabbed and injured a Bedouin Palestinian in the Israeli city of Ashdod on Thursday morning, Israeli police reported.
According to Israeli police spokeswoman Luba al-Samri, the Bedouin Palestinian was lightly to moderately injured and taken to a hospital for treatment.
The suspect fled the scene, al-Samri added.
Israeli news outlet Ynet reported that the Bedouin man said he was assaulted after the ultra-Orthodox Israeli heard him speaking in Arabic.
However, al-Samri said that Israeli police believed for the time being that the incident was likely criminal and not "nationalistically" motivated.
Anti-Palestinian attacks in Israel are frequent and often involve the desecration of holy sites in addition to physical assaults.