Daily Israel Report

Eyewitness Account: 'He Said An Arab Stabbed His Brother'

An eyewitness speaks with Arutz Sheva television about the horrific stabbing of a Jerusalem teen in the neighborhood of Ramot.
By Chana Ya'ar and Hezki Ezra
First Publish: 10/22/2011, 9:39 PM

Aharon Rabin, an eyewitness to the terrorist stabbing that left 17-year-old Yehuda Ne'emad bleeding on a street in the quiet Jerusalem neighborhood of Ramot on Sabbath afternoon, spoke with Arutz Sheva TV Saturday night about the incident.

"I heard shouts," he said. "The victim's brother ran and told me that an Arab had stabbed his brother. Quickly I ran upstairs and called MDA (Magen David Adom emergency rescue service -ed.)." 

Ne'emad was treated at the scene and then rushed to Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center, where he is out of immediate danger following surgery for multiple stab wounds. He is listed in fair condition.

Rabin said he believes the stabber came from the nearby Arab village of Beit Iksa. The village is located in an area currently designated as Area B -- administered by the Palestinian Authority, but under the joint security control of both the PA and the Israeli government.


"It's a five minute walk from the Jewish neighborhood," Rabin explained. "Every day there are incidents of theft. We are not really surprised that a terrorist was here," he added. The stabber also reportedly tried to chase a 12-year-old girl, neighbors said, and another teenage boy as well.

The Ramot resident called on the government to "eradicate this phenomenon. This could lead to more serious disasters," he warned.

Israel Police spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld told Arutz Sheva in a telephone interview Saturday night that investigators are looking into the possibility that a vehicle spotted in the area just prior to the attack might have been used as a getaway car.

IDF soldiers and Israel Police officers have thrown a dragnet around the area and are searching the riverbeds and forested area surrounding the neighborhood. A house-by-house search is being conducted in the nearby Arab village as well, where it is believed the suspect is hiding, and a helicopter is scanning the area to assist in the search.