Hevron Stabbing Attack As Jerusalem Victim is Laid to Rest
Friday, August 26, 2005
An Arab terrorist stabbed a border policeman outside the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hevron Friday morning, just as the Jerusalem funeral of Wednesday's Old City stabbing victim began.
The Hevron victim was stabbed in the throat and transported to Jerusalem's Hadassah Hospital, where he is reported to be in moderate to serious condition.
The terrorist was apprehended by soldiers in the area.
The Jewish community of Hevron issued a statement condemning the attack. "The attempted murder joins the numerous other similar attacks, all originating from the Casba [area of Hevron], an area under total Israeli control," the statement said.
"Since the army has prohibited Jews from entering the area, it has become a refuge for terrorists. We demand a cessation of the construction by terrorists in the area and that steps be taken to impose control and security that will permit a return of peace and quiet accompanied by free Israeli access to the area."
The attack comes on the heels of a fatal Arab knife attack at the Jaffa Gate in Jerusalem's Old City Wednesday evening, in which 21-year-old Shmuel Mett was killed and 20-year-old Sammy Weissbard of New York was moderately wounded. A third victim, who was injured lightly, has identified himself to the police as well.
Mett was buried Friday in a funeral procession that left from Jerusalem's Mir yeshiva, where he was a student, and ended at the Har HaMenuchot Cemetary. Police are still searching for the Arab terrorist who murdered him.
A mortar shell was fired from PA-controlled Gaza toward an IDF base within Israel's pre-1967 borders Friday morning. No injuries resulted, but there is growing concern within the security establishment about the increase in missile attacks across Israel following the Disengagement. Two Kassam rockets were fired at the western Negev town of Sderot Thursday, and there were two Kyatusha missile attacks, one on Eilat and one in northern Israel, over the past week.