As racially motivated attacks and growing incitement gripped Israel over the weekend, 23-year-old Waad Ghantous, a Palestinian citizen of Israel, was not surprised at being verbally accosted in this mixed city, home to both Arabs and Jews on Israel’s northern coast.
“The racism is always present, but it’s much worse now than usual,” Ghantous, a social worker, told Al Jazeera.
Walking beside her mother recently as they ran errands in the city’s business district, Ghantous said, she wore a red-and-white chequered keffiyeh around her neck. “An older guy started yelling at me because of the keffiyeh,” Ghantous said, noting he was “very angry and aggressive”.
“He told me to go to Syria with the other Arabs,” she said. “I would’ve just laughed it off, but I was afraid that other people would join him and who knows what could have happened.”
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