Photo: Yoav Galai
Knife from previous Atarot incident
Photo: Yoav Galai
Palestinian stabs Israeli man near J'lem
Sixty-year-old man stabbed near J'lem, currently in moderate condition. Police combing area: Crime has nationalistic motivations

A sixty year old man was moderately injured Tuesday morning after being stabbed in the industrial area of Atarot, north of Jerusalem. Police posit that the crime had nationalistic motivations.


The crime, which took place at the entrance to a cosmetics factory in the town, was reported to Jerusalem police at 7:30 a.m. Forces who arrived at the scene found a wounded man, who said that an Arab youth had stabbed him in the shoulder.


An MDA crew bound the wound and transferred the patient to the Hadassa Ein Kerem hospital in Jerusalem. Police began combing the area in an attempt to locate the perpetrator.


Danny Rotenberg, a paramedic who treated the wounded man, told Ynet that "we arrived in the area and, in the offices of a cosmetics factory, we saw a man lying on his stomach, with a 20 cm knife lodged in his back. He was fully conscious."


The injured man reported that he had exited his car, felt a tap on the back, turned and saw a Palestinian running away. "He felt a pain in his back, put his hand there and felt the knife," said the paramedic. He added that the man had been transferred to the hospital with the knife still in his back.


A number of months ago, a similar incident took place in the Atarot industrial region, when an Israeli who was unpacking merchandise was stabbed by a Palestinian man. At that time, the attacker was found and apprehended.


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