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Israeli Embassy in Tokyo, 2020

A Japanese police officer in his twenties was injured Thursday during a ramming attack aimed at the Israeli Embassy in Tokyo.

The officer’s injuries were not life-threatening, according to the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department.


The 53-year-old driver rammed his vehicle into a temporary barrier that was being used to secure the embassy.

Police said the attacker was unemployed and a member of a right-wing group, which was not named in the statement.

Mor Eliyahu, a spokesperson for the Israeli Embassy, told the AFP news agency the incident was “suspected to be a targeted vehicle ramming attack and it is currently under investigation by local police.”

According to ABC News, the alleged motive is not known – nor is it certain the embassy itself was the target.

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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, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.