Suspects arrested in Jerusalem school attack

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Several suspects have been arrested in connection with an arson attack which last month targeted a Jewish-Arab school that is a rare symbol of coexistence in Jerusalem, Israeli police said Sunday.

“Police and Shin Bet (security services) have arrested several suspects for having set fire to a classroom of a bilingual school on November 29,” police spokeswoman Luba Samri told AFP.

She refused to provide any details about the number of suspects arrested or their identities.

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The attack, apparently by Jewish extremists, sparked a wave of condemnation and took place amid months of rising tensions and unrest in Jerusalem.

The attack saw a first-grade classroom badly damaged by the fire and slogans in Hebrew reading “Death to Arabs” and “There’s no coexistence with cancer” scrawled on the walls.

A lawyer for some of the accused, Itamar Ben Gvir, said he had been denied access to his clients in an “anti-democratic” move that he would appeal.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other senior officials had condemned the attack at the Hand-in-Hand school, which is located on the Green Line separating west Jerusalem from the annexed eastern sector and has 624 pupils.

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