A civilian security guard on Sunday shot a female Palestinian assailant who stabbed and lightly wounded him, as he stood at his post, just outside the Betar Illit settlement, which is located a short distance away from Jerusalem.
The incident was caught on the municipalities security cameras. An emergency dispatcher saw a Palestinian woman on one of the cameras who she believed looked suspicious. The woman, 22-year-old Halva Aliyan, was dressed from head to toe in traditional black garb, with only her face showing. She carried a purse and walked toward the gate of the city, which has a population of 47,000.
The dispatcher alerted the security guard who then stopped her and asked to see her identification card, which showed that she was born in the nearby Palestinian city of Bethlehem. As the guard focused on checking her card, Aliyan slowly reached into her purse and pulled out a knife. She then lunged at the guard and quickly tried to stab him.
The security guard was evacuated to Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem in light condition and the Aliyan was taken to Hadassah University Medical Center in Jerusalem's Ein Karem, where she was listed in serious condition.
The emergency dispatcher said he believed Aliyan had planned to head to a bus stop inside the city so that she could attack people standing there with her knife.
After he had been treated in the hospital the security guard said that he too had believed Aliyan looked suspicious, because she seemed stressed and kept looking right and left as she headed to his post.
“When she came closer she gave me a Palestinian identity card. When I looked at it, there weren’t any permits. She spoke with me only in Arabic. I told her, ‘You don’t have the authorization to come in.”
“As I was speaking with her, she put her hand in her bag. I asked her, ‘why are you doing that, what do you have there.’ As I was asking these questions she took out a knife and stabbed me, a bit, it was more like a scratch. I was able to distance myself, take out my gun, shoot and neutralize her,” the guard said.
“Thank God it ended this way, with just a scratch,” the guard said. He added that it was his 33rd birthday. "I feel like I was given my life today as a gift.”
In light of the attack, the municipality decided to ask the Palestinian workers in the city to head home for the day.