Two young Palestinian boys aged just 12 and 13 stabbed and seriously wounded a Jewish security guard at the light rail station in Jerusalem’s northern Pisgat Ze’ev neighborhood on Tuesday.
One of the boys was shot and seriously wounded by his victim. The other was captured by security forces.
It was the second stabbing attack in Jerusalem on Tuesday morning. In the other incident, an Arab man attempted to stab police officers near the Old City’s Damascus Gate only to be shot and neutralized before he could draw blood.
The Pisgat Ze’ev attack was reminiscent of a similar stabbing last month in that same neighborhood, where two Palestinian cousins aged 13 and 15 stabbed and seriously wounded two Israelis, including a 13-year-old boy.
The 15-year-old attacker was shot and killed as he lunged as police officers responding to the scene. His younger cousin was taken into custody. On Tuesday, he pleaded not guilty to the crime that was recorded by security and traffic cameras in the area.
Israelis have long decried what amounts to child abuse in a Palestinian society that teaches even its youngest children to hate the Jews and engage in violence against them. As former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir once famously stated: “We will have peace as soon as the Arabs love their children more than they hate us.”