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A 17-year-old Jewish boy was stabbed by an Arab man in the capital’s Ramot
neighborhood on Saturday afternoon.
The victim was sitting on the street
with a friend when the attacker walked up, stabbed him and immediately fled,
Jerusalem Deputy Police Spokeswoman Shlomit Bajshi said.
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From the initial
investigation, police believe the attacker had nationalist motives, though other
directions are also being investigated.
Police, soldiers and Shin Bet
(Israel Security Agency) personnel were combing the area around Ramot in search
of the suspect. The neighborhood is located in northwest Jerusalem, over the
pre-1967 Green Line.
The victim was evacuated to Hadassah University
Medical Center in Ein Kerem in serious condition. His condition later improved
Politicians were quick to condemn the
“This hateful attack is an example of the Palestinian culture of
terror. We must find the terrorist and destroy his home,” MK Danny Danon (Likud)
said. “After our generosity, the time has come for strong action.”
are witnessing a renewed wave of terrorism, as a result of our encouraging
terrorists by freeing hundreds of murderers from prison,” MK Arye Eldad
(National Union) said. “Only rehabilitating our deterrence against Hamas by
killing its leadership in Gaza, including [Ahmed] Ja’bari, who held Gilad
Schalit – only action and not just reaction to a major terrorist attack – will
be able to keep back the expected wave of terrorism and save the lives of Jewish
Activists who were opposed to last week’s prisoner swap for tank
gunner Schalit blamed Saturday’s attack on the deal.
A total of 477
security prisoners were released last week, and some 550 are to be released in
December under the agreement with Hamas.
“The Shin Bet needs to
personally apologize to this family, because the connection is clear that when
Arab youth see a massive release of terrorists, it encourages them to join
terrorism,” said Meir Indor, the head of the Almagor Terror Victims Association
who filed petitions against the prisoner swap with the High Court of
Indor said he expected the freeing of security prisoners to
incite a wave of “light” terrorism, including the throwing of stones and fire
bombs, and stabbings, before a return to terrorist attacks inspired and
organized by the released men.
The security establishment has repeatedly
said that intelligence information is good enough to thwart any increase in
Indor said he would campaign for implementation of the death
penalty for convicted terrorists and a renewal of the demolition of the homes of
terrorists’ family as deterrents.Lahav Harkov contributed to this report