Almost every country counts attacks on public officials as being more serious than those against ordinary people. Here in the US, it is common for there to be different sets of penalties for attacking policemen on the basis that it is not only an attack on a person, but also an attack on the state.
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Attempted stabbing reported near Hebron's Tomb of the Patriarchs; assailant shot at scene (Haaretz)
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