A Palestinian teenager stabbed a 19-year-old female soldier on the light rail in
Jerusalem Thursday morning, seriously wounding the woman before
The attacker rode the train north until the Pisgat Ze’ev
station, where he stood up and stabbed the woman, who was in uniform, several
times before running away as the doors opened, said Dep.-Ch. Nissan Aderi, the
commander of the police’s Zion Precinct.
This is the first terrorist
attack on the light rail since it began carrying passengers in August. The
suspect was caught around 11:30 a.m. at the Kalandiya crossing, located near the
Pisgat Ze’ev neighborhood, trying to return to Palestinian Authority- controlled
He admitted to carrying out the attack and was questioned by
security forces. Investigators were trying to determine whether the teenager
acted alone or was part of an organized terrorist group, National Police
spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said.
Paramedics treated the victim before evacuating her to the capital’s Shaare
Zedek Medical Center in serious condition. The IDF Spokesman’s Office said the
soldier was headed to her Jerusalem base when she was stabbed.
security officers had checked the teenager when he boarded the train but did not
find his knife. Northbound light rail service was suspended after the attack,
but resumed after approximately two hours.
“We did not have any
intelligence that there would be a terrorist attack on or around the light
rail,” Aderi said. “The light rail is secure... There are guards and Jerusalem
residents can continue to travel on it.”
The level of alert was raised in
Jerusalem following the attack, though the city was already on heightened alert
due to the thousands of runners preparing to run in the annual marathon on
Friday morning. The alert level was not raised around the country following the
attack, Rosenfeld said.
Dvir Adani, a 22-year-old volunteer with United
Hatzalah first responders, was the first paramedic on the scene.
got here, I saw a woman in her 20s lying on the ground losing blood. I started
giving her first aid until the ambulance arrived,” he said.
stabbed in the chest and had a few cuts in other areas. I heard her say: ‘Why
me? Why did this happen to me?’” Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat visited the soldier
at the hospital on Thursday afternoon, and urged calm.
“Routine events in
Jerusalem will continue as planned and the light rail will continue to operate,
serving all residents both Arab and Jewish,” he said.
This is the second
time there has been a terrorist attack in Jerusalem just ahead of the Jerusalem
Marathon. Last year, one woman was killed and 39 were wounded when terrorists
placed a bomb near a bus stop, and detonated it when a bus passed by.
know the public understands that the response to terror is to be on the starting
line tomorrow,” Barkat said at the hospital. “Everything has to go back to
standard normal life.
That is one of the best things we can do to
demonstrate to terrorists that we won’t be paralyzed.”
Yehuda Ne’emad, who was stabbed and seriously wounded in a terror attack October
in Jerusalem’s Ramot neighborhood, arrived at the hospital with his mother to
comfort the soldier’s family.
“I just had this feeling I had to be here,”
Ne’emad said. “It was the same situation; someone came up behind me and stabbed
me. I want to tell her that everything passes, and to be strong.”
Danny Danon (Likud) said the stabbing was “the latest example of the Palestinian
culture of terror.” He called for the government to demolish the attacker’s
“Only an uncompromising response, coupled with the arrest and
prosecution of all those who played a role in planning this attack, will send a
clear message that Israel will not remain complacent in the face of acts of
terror – especially in our capital city,” Danon said.
According to MK
Michael Ben-Ari (National Union), Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch
is to blame for the attack, because he does not take terrorism seriously
“He sweeps nationalist terrorism under the rug, and instead of
taking care of it, he calls it bullying,” Ben-Ari said. “A lynching in Haifa, a
murder in Ramle, an attack in Nahariya and now Pisgat Ze’ev – this is terrorism,
Lahav Harkov and Jerusalem Post staff contributed to this
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