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Jerusalem Terror Victim: "I said 'Shema Yisrael'"

Dept. Minister of Religious Affairs Rabbi Eli Ben-Dahan visits Tisha B'Av stabbing victim in hospital, vows to fix security situation
By David Lev and Ari Soffer
First Publish: 7/18/2013, 5:34 PM

Police at Damascus Gate
Police at Damascus Gate
Israel news photo: Flash 90

Deputy Minister of Religious Affairs Eli Ben Dahan, along with members of the Bayit Yehudi party, on Thursday visited with a hareidi man who was stabbed by Arabs in a terror attack that took place on Tisha B'Av. The 33 year old man is still hospitalized in moderate condition, suffering from stab wounds to the chest and back.

The victim of the attack was set upon by Arab attackers as he walked near the Damascus Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem. At least two Arabs attacked him, the victim told Ben Dahan. They are still at large.

Ben Dahan, who visited the victim in Shaare Tzedek Hospital. where he is to remain at least through the weekend, wished him well, saying,

“It is impossible to allow an attack like this in a civilized country. Day after day we are forced to deal with horrible terror attacks. It starts with Arab 'price tag' attacks at the Machpelah Cave in Hevron, in which Arabs tear down mezuzot and spray graffiti, as occurred recently, and goes on to a stabbing attack at the Damascus Gate."

Ben-Dahan continued,

"And for a 'special bonus, we get an unrealistic statement from the European Union saying they will boycott us, which just encourages the terrorists.”

According to Ben Dahan, “we must set things right in this country, and I promise that I and members of Bayit Yehudi will do what is needed to restore quiet to the citizens of Israel.”

"I said 'Shema Yisrael'"

Describing his experience, the victim recalled:

"The terrorist stuck the knife in me and turned it around. I said 'Shema Yisrael' and other prayers one says” when they think they are about to die.

“I walked up the stairs and by mistake called the police instead of Magen David Adom. I saw a patrol and they tended to my wounds right away. All the Arabs in the area just stopped and stared, and no one was interested in what happened to me,” he added.

Growing Arab violence

The attack in question was only latest in a wave of violent acts carried out by Arabs in Jerusalem against local Jews.

The same night as the stabbing, at the same location, Arab rioters pelted the cars of Jewish residents. A shocking video of the violence was posted yesterday by Arutz Sheva, but went unreported by other mainstream news outlets.

The next morning, in the Abu Tor neighbourhood of the capital, Jewish residents awoke to find their car tires slashed in an apparent nationalistically-motivated attack.