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Funeral held for Palestinian-American boy killed in Illinois hate crime

Hatred and violence toward Muslims and Jews is rising in the West as the Israel-Hamas war reverberates around the world.
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A Palestinian-American boy was murdered over the weekend in what authorities described as a hate crime related to the ongoing war between Israel and Hamas. Violence and tensions related to the conflict are rising throughout the United States and Europe. 

The funeral for the slain 6-year-old boy was underway at the time this story was written.

What happened: On Saturday, law enforcement in Will County in the Midwestern state of Illinois responded to a call where they found the boy and his 32-year-old mother each with multiple stab wounds. The victims were transported to the hospital, where the boy was pronounced dead. The woman is expected to survive, the Will County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement on Sunday. 

The sheriff’s office said it charged Joseph Czuba with murder, attempted murder and hate crimes in relation to the stabbing, describing the man as the victims' landlord. The attacker was motivated by the conflict between Israel and Hamas, according to the sheriff’s office. 

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