A Sudanese migrant stabbed several passersby near the Tel Aviv Central Bus
Station in the south of the city, leaving one Israeli in moderate-to-serious
condition and five other people lightly wounded.
According to Magen David
Adom spokesman Zaki Heller, the most severe injury was to a 67-year-old Israeli
man who was stabbed in the neck. The rest of the victims, two Israelis and three
African migrants, were lightly wounded.
Eyewitnesses in Neveh Sha’anan
described seeing a brawl break out between a large group of migrants Sunday
morning, and that minutes later a man wielding a large knife began running down
Bnei Brak Street stabbing people at random.
The man was tackled by a
group of local Israelis along with some migrants, who held him until police
One witness said it took officers 20 minutes to arrive, even
though the Lewinsky police station is located only about a couple hundred meters away.
Police suspect the incident began as a clash between
migrants, but eyewitnesses said the man was indiscriminately stabbing people in
his immediate vicinity.
One witness, a store owner named Danny, said he
saw no argument, only that suddenly he saw a man running down the street with a
14-centimeter knife randomly stabbing people. He added that people began to
panic and flee the area, unclear what was going on.
Another witness, Arik
Ivgy, was working with his brother at a shoe store on the same block, when they
heard a commotion and stepped outside, only for Arik’s brother to get stabbed in
the arm by the man. Ivgy said his brother’s arm was covered in blood and that he
managed to take him to the hospital and return to reopen his store.
see this violence all the time here, but usually it’s between them [African
migrants], it’s not directed at us,” Ivgy said. “The problem is all of the bars.
Every other store here is a bar, and they drink all night and can’t hold their
liquor and things get violent.”
The area of south Tel Aviv in which the
attack occurred is the unofficial center of the African migrant population in
Israel, an area where they have long become the majority, and where most of the
businesses are owned by migrants.
Israeli residents of the area and
right-wing politicians have repeatedly complained to the government and police
that the presence of African migrants has led to an increase of crime in the
Typically, when an incident like the stabbing on Sunday takes
place, there are rallies of Jewish residents of south Tel Aviv who come to the
scene to protest and speak to the press.
On Sunday, by midday the scene
of the crime was rather quiet, and there were no such protests going on.