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Photo: Yaron Brener
Pub's owner Amniai Zagte
Photo: Yaron Brener
Tel Aviv: Firecracker hurled at Eritrean pub
Pub in Hatikva neighborhood vandalized a second time; one person injured

Unknown assailants hurled a firecracker at a pub owned by Eritreans in south Tel Aviv's Hatikva neighborhood and injured on person. The pub's owner said that severe damage was caused to the building. "I live in fear," he said. "I want to leave Israel."

 

This is not the first time the pub has been vandalized. Last month, assailants smashed its windows and looted it after a violent protest.

 

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The pub's owner, Amniai Zagte, said that shortly after midnight four people on motorbikes hurled a "bomb" into the bar and fled the scene. "There was a blast and great noise," he said. "There were four of us in the bar, and I ran off terrified. One of the guests was injured in his stomach."

 

Zagte added that violence has become a matter of routine in the past few months. "I don't understand what they want from me, what have I done that these people hate me so much. Whoever did this wants to kill, and all I want to do is live. "

 

Sigal Rosen of the Migrant Workers Hotline said this type of occurrence is not rare. "It's become a daily routine that sometime escalates into full blown violence. It's hard to shake off the feeling that this type of sabotage is the result of wild incitement by Knesset members and ministers."

 

 

 

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