Hevron stabbing victim's wife asks for prayers

Man stabbed by Arab terrorist outside Cave of Machpelah still in life-threatening danger, wife asks to pray lighting Hanukkah candles.

Menachem Schwartz , | updated: 5:47 PM

Shaare Tzedek Hospital (illustration)
Shaare Tzedek Hospital (illustration)
Hezki Ezra

Shaare Tzedek Hospital in Jerusalem issued an update on Tuesday evening, reporting that the victim in his forties who was stabbed by an Arab terrorist and seriously wounded in Hevron the night before continues to be in critical condition.

Even after undergoing an emergency surgery at the hospital last night, no positive change in the victim's status has occurred Tuesday according to the medical staff, who said he remains in life-threatening danger.

The man was attacked just outside the Cave of Machpelah, where the Jewish patriarchs and matriarchs other than Rachel are buried.

The victim's wife has asked the public to pray for her husband - Genadi Chaim ben Raayah-Rachel - particularly when lighting the Hanukkah candles for the third night of the holiday on Tuesday.

Reportedly he has gone through several surgeries to stop the bleeding and has been given dozens of portions of blood, but his condition remains critical.

Doctors continue fighting to save the victim's life. The man is hospitalized in the emergency treatment unit; he is on artificial respiration and has been put unconscious.

Border Police officers at the scene heard the screams and rushed to shoot and neutralize the terrorist. The two policemen who were on duty revealed that they had mere seconds to react and prevent the knife wielding Muslim terrorist from inflicting an even greater toll.

Following the attack, dozens of Hevron residents lead by nationalist activist Baruch Marzel protested in the streets on Monday night. Shortly afterwards a number of Palestinian Arabs began throwing rocks at the protesters; police protected the demonstrators and no casualties were reported.