A 26-year-old Arab man was arrested on Friday afternoon for attempting to stab a policeman at the Hizma checkpoint.

The Bethlehem man had arrived at the checkpoint wearing a heavy coat, despite the high temperature. Friday was unseasonably hot with temperatures of 32 degrees in Jerusalem.

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When border police searched him, they found a large kitchen knife concealed in his coat.

During the initial questioning, he told police he wanted to stab a soldier.

One week ago, Jerusalem police arrested a 32-year-old Arab woman early on Sunday morning after she tried to stab a police officer outside the station on Sultan Suleiman Street.

The woman, a resident of the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan, arrived at the Shalem police station located across from the Flowers Gate around 6:30 a.m.

The woman arrived outside the police station grasping a knife, raising the suspicions of the police officer making the rounds in a squad car, and then tried to enter the police station with the knife hidden in her clothes. One of the officers apprehended her and took the knife away before she could injure anyone.

During the initial investigation, she told police she wanted to stab a policeman to protest the Innocence of Muslims film and the situation in the Palestinian territories.
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