Suspect apologizes for spitting at Polish ambassador

Arik Lederman, who was arrested for spitting at the Polish ambassador to Israel, apologizes for his actions.

“I would like to express my apologies,” he says in a statement. “My family experienced the Holocaust and my appeal to the embassy was on the matter of restitution of property.”

Lederman says a security guard at the embassy called him a “zhid,” a derogatory term for a Jew, setting off his outburst.

He reiterates that he was unaware of the identity of the Polish envoy and says he has asked to apologize in person.

“I hope that with this, the incident will come to an end and will be kept in proportion,” he says.

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