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Tue Nov 3, 2015, 10:50 AM

 

Druze citizen: 'I was attacked for speaking Arabic'

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4720048,00.html

"After he started threatening me I asked, 'Why are you cursing? We are all Israelis and belong to one people and live in the State of Israel," continued Shaalan. "He replied and said: 'You're dirty Arabs, you need to be eliminated, killed and butchered.'

"I told him it was undignified to speak that way, but he started pushing and attacking me. At one point I grabbed him, I was afraid he had a knife and would stab me. I didn't want to stab him, so we wouldn't be charged in the end like in many cases."

Shaalan said he found it unfortunate that "these days, people are suspected of being terrorists, and they get shot and in the end it turns out that they are regular people. I am worried that the police will say that my case was not motivated by nationalism. It's easiest to say that and in the end we will pay the price."

"Just then a police car passed by. My friend called to them, but unfortunately they didn't do their job. They asked me to call for a police car. I told them to call for one through their radio, but they insisted that I was the one who needed to do it," he added.

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