An Israeli traveler was attacked by a hotel employee in the city of Morro de São Paulo, according to a report published Wednesday by the Israeli daily Israel Hayom.
The employee came at the traveler with a machete and nearly cut off his hand.
The incident, which was first reported Wednesday, took place last weekend at one of the popular tourist destinations in Brazil, where many young Israelis stay.
“I was soaked in blood,” the traveler told the Hebrew daily.
He said he was walking on the promenade and stopped to purchase food. He needed to use the restroom and could not find a nearby facility, so stopped in quiet, grassy corner to pee. A worker in a nearby hotel ran up to him with a chair and started hitting him in the face.
“I did not know what to do, so I defended myself,” the young main said.
He managed to escape to a nearby area with other Israelis who could help him. They accompanied the man back to his hotel.
When he returned to the hotel, there was a hotel employee waiting for him in the back alley. The hotel employee attacked.
"I could not really see him," the traveler told Israel Hayom. "I saw only a silhouette, but I realized it was the same person from before… I heard one of the Israelis shouting from behind me, ‘He has a machete, be careful.'
“He cut me very badly, he tore my flesh, and I was soaked with blood. "
As soon as the worker realized he had severely damaged the Israeli, he fled the scene.
"He understood what he had done and tried to escape,” said the Israeli traveler. “I ran for help and asked someone to make me a tourniquet."
The Israeli was treated at the hospital. He remains in Brazil and is receiving treatment.
“I have to emphasize, it was not just Israelis who helped me,” he said. “There were also locals who helped me get medical treatment.”