Israeli Injured in Ax Attack

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JERUSALEM, Israel -- Israeli soldiers arrested a Palestinian Arab who attacked an Israeli with an ax Tuesday morning.

The attack, caught on film, took place at the entrance of Maale Levona, when several residents attempted to document a Palestinian family "taking over the area," Ynet quoted residents as saying.

The videotape shows the animosity building as the two sides shout accusations, several brandishing wooden clubs, before the victim is shown with a bloody gash in his side. He was transported to Jerusalem's Shaare Tzedek Hospital for treatment.

Click play to watch the video. Warning, graphic content!

Maale Levona (In Hebrew, Ascent of Frankincense) is a small community of about 120 families, established in 1982, in the Binyamin region of Samaria not far from Jerusalem. It's located near the site of an ancient Israelite village called Levona, mentioned in Judges 21:19.

The community, home to a petting zoo, hosts an annual sheep shearing holiday called Hag Hagez, celebrated after Shavuot (Feast of Weeks) in the spring.

The community also boasts a college that combines a yeshiva (Torah seminary) and computer science studies and a high school for religiously observant girls.

A nearby Arab village, called Luban al-Sharkiya (in Arabic, eastern Levona), is named after the Israelite village mentioned in the Book of Judges.  

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