Israeli man indicted for spitting on Polish ambassador

JERUSALEM, May 16 (Xinhua) — Israeli police filed an indictment on Thursday against an Israeli man for spitting on Polish Ambassador to Israel Marek Magierowski and threatening his driver.

The indictment said that 65-year-old attacker, identified as Arik Lederman, arrived on Tuesday at the gate of the Polish embassy in the coastal city of Tel Aviv and stood in the middle of the road, blocking the ambassador’s car.

After the driver honked, Lederman approached the driver’s window and hit the car’s roof firmly with his hand, the police said.

As the ambassador began photographing Lederman with his mobile phone, Lederman went to the right-rear door, opened it and spit twice on Magierowski, the indictment noted.

Lederman admitted his actions and published an apology letter in which he claimed that his family “suffered the hardships of the Holocaust in Poland,” and he came to the embassy on the issue of restitution.

“I encountered a disparaging attitude of the embassy’s employee … This made me feel very bad,” he said.

Lederman added that he did not know that the man inside the car was the ambassador.

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki strongly condemned the “racist attack,” saying that “the violent act was motivated by xenophobia.”

Israeli Foreign Ministry said that “Israel is shocked by the attack and stands behind the Polish ambassador.”

“We are committed to the security of the diplomats,” it added.

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