Arabs stab American tourist in Jerusalem

Sunday, February 08, 2009 |  Israel Today Staff

Arab assailants stabbed and seriously wounded an American Jewish youth who had lost his way in Jerusalem late Saturday night.

Ynet reports that the youth lost his way while trying to get back to the dorms at Jerusalem's Hebrew University, which lies on the mostly-Arab eastern side of the capital.

When he stopped to ask directions, he was suddenly attacked by three Arabs, at least one of whom was wielding a knife.

He managed to reach a nearby gas station following the attack, where paramedics found him with a sweater tightly wrapped around his neck to stop the bleeding.

Without police escort and fearing another attack, the paramedics loaded the boy onto the ambulance and quickly drove away before removing the sweater and checking the victim. When they finally did, the medical crew found his throat deeply slashed and two deep stab wounds to his face.

One paramedic told Ynet it was a miracle that no vital blood vessels had been hit.

In other violence, a knife-wielding Arab attacked a young Israeli soldier in the seaside town of Jaffa early Sunday morning, but was thwarted in his attempt.

Shortly after stepping off a bus, the soldier spotted his attacker running toward him screaming something in Arabic. The soldier very alertly turned and punched the terrorist before he could stab his intended victim.

The Arab attacker managed to flee the scene.

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