A 35-year-old Jewish man named Avraham Tau was stabbed and moderately wounded by two Palestinian Arabs as he was returning home from praying at the Western Wall last Friday evening, Arutz Sheva reported. Tau was walking down the street when he felt a harsh blow and searing pain in his back – which turned out to be a stab wound.
An eyewitness said that the man was walking in the street with another man, on their way to meet a third man in the nearby Ma’ale HaZeitim neighborhood, when the two assailants attacked him, stabbed him in his lower back and fled the scene, according to Yediot Acharonot.
Magen David Adom medical professionals were called to the scene and treated Tau at the Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem. Magen David Adom representative Zaki Heller stated, “When paramedics arrived, they found a man bleeding from a deep stab wound in the torso. He was fully aware and was treated at the scene before being taken to Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in stable condition.” The Jewish Press claimed that the man’s kidney sustained injuries.
Given that Avraham Tau is the son of the dean of Har Hamor Yeshiva, Rabbi Tzi Tau, the Israeli authorities believe that this attack was nationally motivated and are currently looking for the two Palestinian Arab suspects. They deployed forces in the Ras El Amud neighborhood near where the crime occurred and began hunting for the perpetrators. The Jewish Press claimed that this was the first time that a Jew was stabbed in the Jewish neighborhood of Maalot David, marking an escalation in violence targeting Jews which includes stone throwing and other attacks.
After Shabbat ended, Jewish protesters demonstrated to insist upon a stronger police presence in their neighborhood. In response to this demonstration, a group of Palestinian Arabs lit fireworks and one man was arrested for assaulting a police officer. For more information on the plight of Jews living in the Ma’ale HaZeitim neighborhood, watch the video below.
This was not the first Arab stabbing attack in Jerusalem. Last September, a terrorist was arrested at the Hizme Checkpoint in Northern Jerusalem, with a large kitchen knife in his possession. The man confessed that he had planned to stab Jewish residents of Jerusalem at the Hizme Station. In June 2012, an Arab man attempted to stab a security guard on Jerusalem’s Light Rail with a pair of scissors. And in March 2012, a 19-year-old female soldier was stabbed while riding the Light Rail.
In fact, Arutz Sheva reported that Aryeh King of the Israel Land Fund said that more than 50 Jews have been attacked by Palestinian Arabs en route to the Ma’ale HaZeitim neighborhood in the past two years. This statistic does not include other areas of Jerusalem, not to mention other cities in Israel.
Reported by: Rachel Avraham for United With Israel
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