JERUSALEM, Nov 30 (Reuters) – Suspected Jewish extremists set fire to a classroom in an Arab-Jewish school in Jerusalem, police said on Sunday, targeting a symbol of co-existence in a city on edge over a recent surge in violence.
The premises were empty late on Saturday when assailants torched a classroom used by first-graders at the Hand in Hand school, where Palestinian and Israeli children study together in Hebrew and Arabic.
“Death to Arabs” had been scrawled on a schoolyard wall.
Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the slogan pointed to “nationalist motives,” a reference to suspected far-right Jewish attackers.
More than 600 pupils attend Hand in Hand. From pre-school to high school, its student population is divided equally between Jews and Arabs. There are four other such schools in the Hand to Hand network in Israel.
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