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An Israeli employee at the Israeli embassy in Beijing was stabbed in a suspected terrorist attack today (Friday). The employee is being treated in a hospital and is in stable condition. The background to the attack is being investigated.

The Israeli Foreign Ministry reported that the Israeli national was stabbed near the embassy, but not within the area that would be considered Israeli territory.

The stabbing comes as Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal called for Friday to be a global "day of Jihad" in support of the terrorist organization which massacred over 1,300 Israelis last Saturday. This has prompted Jewish communities across the world to tighten security and prepare for antisemitic violence, including the closure of multiple Jewish day schools in New York City today.

Last night, The Israeli government issued a warning calling on Israeli citizens abroad to be cautious today in light of the Hamas call for a "day of rage."

The National Security Council and Foreign Ministry recommend all Israelis abroad be alert, avoid demonstrations, and, if needed, notify the local authorities of a possible protest or riot in their area.

The statement adds: "The National Security Council, all security bodies, and the Foreign Ministry will continue to work to protect the safety of Israeli citizens around the world."