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Maon, a Jewish community in the southern Hebron Mountains.

An Israeli man was seriously wounded Monday evening after he was attacked by a Palestinian Authority Arab near the Jewish community of Maon, in the southern Hebron Hills.

The Israeli, a man in his thirties who works as a shepherd, was struck in the head by an Arab swinging a hoe, the Hebron Hills Regional Council said.

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According to a security official quoted in a report by Israel’s KAN News public broadcaster, the incident took place as some 30 PA Arabs attacked two Israeli residents of the area.

Elchanan Groner, a correspondent for The Jewish Voice (Kol HaYehudi) reported Monday night in a tweet that the Arab attacker, Hafez al-Horini, is a Palestinian Authority police officer.

Groner added that al-Horini has served in the past as coordinator of a committee that fights Jewish communities and fences in the area and which has been responsible for provocations and violent attacks against Jews.

Magen David Adom emergency medical personnel treated the wounded Israeli at the scene before transporting him to Soroka Medical Center in Be’er Sheva, where he was listed in stable condition.

One Arab, also allegedly hurt in the melee, was arrested at the scene by Israel Police officers.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.