Jewish man stabbed in Jerusalem park bathroom

Police: We’re looking into a number of possibilities, including that it was a terrorist-related attack.

Jerusalem aerial view David Citadel 370 (photo credit: Library of Congress)
Jerusalem aerial view David Citadel 370
(photo credit: Library of Congress)
A middle-aged Jewish man was stabbed in a public bathroom at Jerusalem’s Bloomfield Park Wednesday afternoon, allegedly by an Arab assailant.
According to police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld, the victim, an unidentified 50- year-old Jerusalem resident, sustained serious wounds in the upper torso and arm and was rushed to Hadassah University Medical Center, Ein Kerem. He has been listed in serious condition.
“The incident took place at approximately 3:30 p.m. in the park’s public restroom,” said Rosenfeld Wednesday.
“He was attacked from behind and the knife went through him, so he lost a lot of blood.”
Immediately following the assault, Rosenfeld said, the victim attempted to drive his car, which was parked roughly 100 meters away, to get help, but was forced to pull over due to the blood loss.
“Bystanders called police, who arrived with medical teams within minutes to help him, and were able to help the victim get to the hospital,” Rosenfeld said.
The police spokesman said the man claimed his assailant was Arab, potentially making the assault a terrorist attack.
“We’re looking into a number of [angles] in the investigation, including the possibility that it was a terror-related attack,” he said.
Rosenfeld added that police had launched a search for the suspect throughout the capital, but there had been no arrests yet.
This is the second case of an Arab allegedly stabbing a Jew in the capital in a little over a week.
On July 17, two Arab men allegedly stabbed a haredi man in his 30s multiple times outside Damascus Gate in east Jerusalem, while he was walking home after Tisha Be’av, police said. The victim was taken to Shaare Zedek Medical Center, where was listed in moderate condition.