'I was stabbed - I'll join the army, give my all'

Stabbing victim in today's attack near Damascus Gate made aliyah from Brooklyn in order to join IDF. Only became a citizen last month.

Arutz Sheva Staff,

Scene of attack by Damascus Gate
Scene of attack by Damascus Gate
From security camera

The 17-year-old Jewish youth who was stabbed in a terror attack near Jerusalem's Damascus Gate spoke with reporters from his hospital bed.

Though his name has not been released, he is originally from Brooklyn, New York. He made aliyah last month in order to join the army and is currently studying in a pre-military academy next to Jerusalem.

"I turned around and saw them running, and I started to run. I understood that it was a terror attack and that I had been stabbed. I didn't see the terrorist, he came from behind and stabbed me. There were two of them with knives, they looked young... I was never afraid. God willing, I will enlist in the army and join Sayeret Matkal."

Dr. Osnat Levtzion-Korah, the head of Hadassah Mount Scopus Hospital, stated: "A 17-year-old youth arrived with a stab wound in his hip. He was lightly wounded. He underwent tests and will remain here for supervision, and will probably be released tomorrow. She added: "He said that he was walking with some friends and that he was stabbed. Nothing more."

The victim's family has not yet been informed of what occurred.