A young Israeli security guard at a small railway station in northern Israel was severely beaten late last week in what police are now classifying as a terrorist act.
The 20-year-old victim told Israel National News that he was standing guard at his post when a group of young Arab men descended on him and struck him in the face. The assailants then demanded the guard hand over his weapon, but upon learning that he was unarmed continued with their brutal attack.
The young Israeli managed to drag himself to a nearby Israeli navy base after the Arabs left. The victim remains hospitalized with fractured bones and internal bleeding.
Police officials said the fact that neither the guard nor the guard station were robbed is evidence that the assailants' primary focus was stealing a weapon with which to perpetrate further acts of terror.
In related news, Palestinian Arab stone throwers attacked two Israeli passenger buses in Judea and Samaria late Sunday and early Monday morning. Both buses were damaged in the attacks, but no passengers were wounded.