Police walk near Jerusalem's Damascus Gate 390 (R).
(photo credit: Ammar Awad / Reuters)
The Jerusalem District Attorney’s Office on Monday filed an indictment with the
Jerusalem District Court against Sultan Abu Humus and Mahmoud Rajbi for
involvement with a stabbing near the Damascus Gate on July 16, which was also
the Jewish day of mourning Tisha Be’av.
According to police spokesman
Mickey Rosenfeld, at approximately 9:30 p.m. Moshe Limai, a haredi Israeli man
in his thirties, was accosted by the two suspects, who proceeded to stab him in
In the indictment, and a press release sent by the
prosecution, Limai was stabbed multiple times and wounded in his chest, waist
and hand by a third suspect who is in police custody, but has not yet been
indicted. Limai was walking home from the Western Wall via Damascus
“A large number of police units are actively searching different
areas around Damascus Gate for the suspects who carried out the attack,” the
police spokesman added.
Limai was subsequently rushed to Shaare Zedek
Medical Center in a moderate condition.
The third suspect’s name is under
a gag order pending completion of the investigation.
According to the
indictment, Humus pushed Limai aside, assisting the third suspect in extricating
himself after Limai had tried to grab him.
Rajbi served as a lookout, the
indictment alleged, and told others that the “coast was clear” of security
forces who might come to stop their attack.
The indictment said that the
alleged attackers were motivated by nationalistic and anti-Israeli
Humus was charged with attempted murder and obstruction of
Rajbi was charged with causing severe bodily injury with intent
and under aggravated circumstances.
Tensions among Arabs and Jews were
heightened during Tisha Be’av and Ramadan after hundreds of Jews were denied
entry to the Temple Mount earlier in the day in observance of the annual day of
mourning, following threats of Arab rioting.Daniel K. Eisenbud
contributed to this report.