The killing of a young Eritrean asylum seeker in Israel on Sunday has brought to the surface what many see as a rising trend of racism and vigilante violence in Israel.

This killing comes at a time of heightened tension between Israel and the Palestinians. It took an unprecedented turn recently over the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, where right-wing groups stand accused of pushing the Israeli government to change the so-called status quo governing the religious compound.

What followed is a series of stabbing attacks by Palestinians. Right-wing Israeli activists and settlers have also carried out attacks against Palestinians.

So, is Israeli right-wing politics contributing to the violence?

Presenter: Martine Dennis


Ben Hartman - National Security Correspondent for the Jerusalem Post.

Daniel Levy - Director of the Middle East and North Africa Programme for the European Council on Foreign Relations.

Mairav Zonszein - Journalist and Blogger for Plus972 Magazine.

Source: Al Jazeera