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Pisgat Ze'ev Resident: 'The Light Rail is a Curse'

Residents of the area where an IDF soldier was stabbed on the Light Rail Thursday said that the attack did not surprise them at all
By David Lev
First Publish: 3/15/2012, 5:33 PM

A rescue worker who treated the female soldier injured in Thursday morning's terror attack in the Pisgat Ze'ev neighborhood of Jerusalem said that the badly hurt soldier managed to ask him why she, out of all the people on the light rail car she was riding, had been stabbed. “I tried to speak to her and see the best way I could treat her, to see where she was having pains,” said Dvir Adani, a rescue worker with the Ichud Hatzalah first-aid organization. “From what I understood she said 'why is this happening to me.' That's all I was able to hear.”

Rescue workers arrived on the scene in the northern Jerusalem neighborhood minutes after the stabbing attack, which left the soldier in her early 20s with serious wounds. Adani said that they found the soldier lying on the ground when they arrived, “for all practical purposes unconscious. We performed first aid to stabilize her and save her life, and to treat her as much as possible in the field. We waited until an ambulance came and transported her to Shaare Tzedek hospital.” The soldier is currently in stable condition, although she suffered serious stab wounds, police said.

Adani said that he had spoken to security personnel on the train, where the stabbing took place. “From what I understood from the security people, an individual, most likely an Arabm got on the train gone or two stops before the incident took place. When the train arrived at the station, the doors opened and the Arab stabbed the soldier in the chest. He immediately ran out in the direction of the Arab neighborhood of Beit Hanina right near here.”

Police officials confirmed Adani's account. At a news conference, Deputy Commander Nissim Edry, in charge of the Jerusalem envelope corridor, said that police had gotten full details about the attack and were in pursuit of the suspect. Several minutes after the news conference Thursday morning, police said that they had arrested the Arab about a half hour after the incident. He is being questioned by security officials.

Edry said that the light rail was safe, and that no Jerusalemite, Jewish or Arab, should hesitate to use it. On Friday, Jerusalem is holding its annual marathon, with thousands of people set to participate in numerous running events, and Edry stressed that the event would go on as scheduled. “As far as we are concerned there is no change in the marathon's scheduling,” he said.

Despite Edry's claim that the light rail was safe, several residents of Pisgat Ze'ev said that the stabbing did not surprise them. Pisgat Ze'ev resident Avigail Sharaby said that “every day our children hide in fear from Arabs who come from Beit Hanina, threatening them and flashing knives. This light rail is a curse,” because it simply encourages Arabs to come to the neighborhood, where they spread violence, rob people, and intimidate Jewish residents.