Israeli man charged with assault after spray-painting ‘Hate speech’ on Haaretz

A man has been arrested after spray painting “Hate Speech” on the front of Israel’s largest newspaper.

The incident happened in the northern city of Ashkelon on Wednesday evening.

The man, identified as Oded Ben-Gurion, was arrested on Friday after a crowd of onlookers intervened to stop him from hurling the graffiti.

According to Haaretz, the incident sparked outrage among residents of Ashkhabad, a coastal city near Tel Aviv, who saw the spray paint as an attack on their community.

Ashkelon has a population of roughly 10,000, about half of whom are Palestinians.

Haaretz reported that the man has denied committing the crime.

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