Israeli police say they have charged a Palestinian man with killing a Polish tourist in Israel in April.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld says Daaria Magdalena Rojmiark was walking near a construction site close to her hotel in Nazareth in northern Israel when the suspect tried to sexually abuse her.

Rosenfeld says she refused the suspect's advances and tried to escape, but he was afraid she would report him so he ran after her and strangled her with her scarf.

Rosenfeld says the suspect is a Palestinian from the West Bank city of Jericho. He declined to say why the suspect was in Israel.

Nazareth, an Arab city in northern Israel, is a key Christian pilgrimage site because Jesus is said to have lived there.