After more than a week without a knife attack in Israel, a female terrorist from Kafr Kasim stabbed a 30-year-old woman in the shoulder in nearby Rosh Ha’ayin before being overpowered and disarmed.
The lightly wounded victim, a resident of Kfar Saba, was taken to Petah Tikva’s Rabin Medical Center-Beilinson, police said.
In a conversation with Channel 2 on Sunday, the woman said she was walking in the Rosh Ha’ayin’s Ofek industrial area when she saw an Arab woman approach.
“I saw that she was getting closer to me and then I felt a blow to my hand. I tried to push her away, and I saw that she had a large kitchen knife.
I pushed her with my bag and threw my bag at her, and then I continued to push her and fight with her. And then more people came and helped,” said the victim.
A video shot by a civilian shows the attacker running in the middle of the street and brandishing a knife while looking for someone else to attack.
A series of civilians confronted her. One man threw a rock and then ran off, a motorist tried to block her in with a car, and a third man defended himself with a chair before the video cut out.
Finally, a security guard working in the area stuck his pistol next to the woman’s head while he and other civilians wrestled her to the ground, and pulled the knife from her hand.
They found a second knife on her body, police said.
Unlike in some recent stabbing attacks, the attacker was not killed. She was questioned by Israel Police and the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency). She is not known to have a record of security offenses or a connection to any terrorist groups.
On Monday, she will appear for a remand extension in the Kfar Saba Magistrate’s Court.
Kafr Kasim, one of the largest Arab cities in Israel with a population of 22,000 Muslim residents, neighbors Rosh Ha’ayin, with a population of 40,000.
The two cities traditionally have warm relations.
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